Ukrainian law enforcement officers are investigating more than 5,000 cases of war crimes in Crimea and Donbas. Over 20,000 crimes committed are included in these investigations, Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General Gunduz Mamedov says.
According to him, almost 9,500 people have mentioned in the cases. Among them are hundreds of Russian citizens, including top political and military leaders of the aggressor country.
"We are talking about crimes against the foundations of Ukraine's national security, public order, violations of international humanitarian law, and, to be more precisely, war crimes and crimes against humanity. And it does not matter whether they are citizens of Russia, Ukraine or another state," Mamedov said during the interview with Dzerkalo Tyzhnya (Mirror Weekly).
He reminded that from the beginning of the occupation until February 2020, the aggressor country conducted 11 conscription campaigns, forcing at least 25,000 people to serve in the Russian army.
"Today, more than a hundred people can potentially get the status of a war criminal just based on the events in Donbas. Investigations are underway against these people, and well-founded suspicion notices have already been approved for some of them. This year alone, at the level of the Department for the Supervision of Crimes Committed in Armed Conflict, prosecutors declared 54 people suspects in committing particularly serious crimes during armed conflict. These are members of illegal formations who violated the laws and customs of warfare, as well as employees of the Russian special services who incite Ukrainian citizens to treason," Mamedov added.
According to the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, one of the suspects is the "leader" of an illegal military formation who, together with a group of gunmen, seized the Izolyatsia plant in Donetsk in June 2014 and turned the art and cultural centre into one of the most terrible prisons and places of torture.
Another 230 people are people who committed serious crimes - unleashing and waging an aggressive war, Gunduz Mamedov said.