Russia sentences over 200 Ukrainian fighters to jail – JURIST

Russia’s International Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said on Sunday in an interview with the Russian state-owned RIA information company that the Russian courts have issued long-term jail sentences for greater than 200 members of Ukrainian armed teams for alleged crimes.

Addressing an inquiry into the alleged crimes of Ukraine, Lavrov knowledgeable the information company that Russian legislation enforcement authorities are diligently documenting the alleged “atrocities” dedicated by Ukrainian neo-Nazis that may be traced again to as early as 2014.

He added:

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is conducting investigations into numerous violations of the Civil Code. In line with the Investigative Committee’s information, greater than 4,000 prison instances have been initiated in opposition to round 900 people. This contains not solely members of radical neo-Nazi associations, Ukrainian safety providers and mercenaries but additionally members of Ukraine’s army and political management…The remaining criminals will face the identical destiny and might be held accountable.

Russia initiated a full-scale army invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which has been alleged to be a violation of the UN Constitution and worldwide prison legislation. The invasion triggered in depth human rights and displacement crises, as Russian authorities have allegedly forcibly transferred and deported civilians from occupied areas of Ukraine. In March 2023, the Worldwide Prison Court docket (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Putin’s commissioner for youngsters’s rights, for alleged battle crimes involving the deportation of kids. Russian authorities have denied these allegations.

A report released by the UN in October 2023 discovered proof of battle crimes and human rights violations dedicated by Russian authorities in Ukraine that features torture, rape and deportation of kids. The report additionally alleged using systematic torture in detention services, inflicting extreme and long-term penalties on the psychological and bodily well being of victims. The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) reported in November 2023 that at the very least 10,000 civilians have misplaced their lives, with over 18,500 sustaining accidents for the reason that initiation of the invasion of Ukraine. The assertion additionally cautioned that the precise figures may surpass the reported numbers. In December 2023, UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk criticized Russia for its  “in depth failure” to guard the security and human rights of civilians in Ukraine.

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