ICC considers situation in occupied Crimea to be equivalent of Ukraine-Russia war

ICC considers situation in occupied Crimea to be equivalent of Ukraine-Russia warThe International Criminal Court (The Hague Tribunal, Netherlands) considers the situation in the annexed Crimea to be an equivalent of international armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. This is stated in the annual report of the preliminary investigation of the Prosecutor of International Criminal Court Russia, published on November 14.

“According to the latest information, the situation on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol is equal to the international armed conflict between Ukraine and Russian Federation. This international armed conflict started not later than February 26 when Russian Federation has involved its armed forces personnel to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Government of Ukraine," - the document says”.

The law on international armed conflict is applicable to this situation and after March 18, 2014 to the extent to which the events in the Crimea and Sevastopol will be equivalent to the continuing state of the occupation, it is also noted.

According to the Court, the determining the lawfulness of the initial intervention which resulted in the occupation, is not necessary. Thus, the international conflict can be investigated according to the norms of the Rome statute.

The Prosecutor's Office of the ICC also has information about the oppression of the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula, forced displacement of 179 prisoners on the territory of Russia, forced mobilization of the Crimean population to the military service.

The Prosecutor of the Court decided to continue gathering evidence regarding this situation in the next year.

Earlier it was reported that Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko will hold talks with representatives of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on crimes against the Revolution activists.
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