Authorities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said Wednesday that they expect to open trials before the summer of Ukrainian soldiers for alleged war crimes in the framework of the conflict, including a ‘Mariupol court’ to clear responsibilities for the clashes in this city.
“We expect that several courts of the first instance will hold trials by the end of the summer and those responsible will be brought to justice,” said the chairwoman of the committee on criminal and administrative legislation of the Donetsk People’s Republic Elena Shishkina.
“The crimes committed in Volnovaja could also be considered in the Mariupol court,” she said, before stressing that members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion under the Ukrainian Interior Ministry would be tried by these courts, Russian news agency TASS reported.
Thus, she detailed that “there are about 8,000 prisoners in the territories of the two republics”, referring to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and pointed out that the legislation in force in the Donetsk People’s Republic provides for the death penalty for “particularly serious” crimes, including war crimes.
Shishkina has further expressed her wish that the member countries of the European Union (EU) and the United States would participate in these trials against those responsible for war crimes. “We hope that they will comply with the laws and that international conventions will prevail. We expect each country to send representatives to the international tribunal,” she concluded.