On January 25, the European Court of Human Rights recognized that Russian soldiers had occupied the territory of the Donetsk region since May 11, 2014. What does the occupation mean: mass crimes and atrocities, deliberate violations of human rights in the occupied territories, the abduction of orphans from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the intention to deport them to the territory of Russia. And, of course, the destruction of MH17.
What does it give:
- The events of 11 May 2014 become part of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights;
- Borders/period of occupation are determined;
- A new stage in the lawsuit of Ukraine and the Netherlands against Russia in the case of the downed Boeing.
"This decision of the ECHR will become an argument for other lawsuits. And it will help bring Russia to justice. Every Russian crime must be proven, and the guilty must be punished. Truth and justice will prevail," chairman of the legal policy committee Denys Maslov.
We remind you that the European Parliament voted for the creation of a tribunal for the military-political elite of Russia, responsible for the military aggression against Ukraine.