ICC Prosecutor Calls on Russia to Cooperate on Investigation in Ukraine

MOSCOW, May 27 – RIA Novosti. International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan urged Russia to cooperate on the investigation in Ukraine.
“There is an invitation. My door is open, and I myself will continue to knock on the door of the Russian Federation,” the prosecutor said in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
He also called on the Russian authorities to share with the ICC information obtained in the course of their own investigations.
“If the Russian Federation has allegations… if they are conducting their own investigations, or are prosecuting, or have information that is relevant to the case, share it with us,” the prosecutor said.
Earlier, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said that the court sent 42 officers to Ukraine to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Russia categorically rejects Kyiv’s accusations of war crimes on the territory of Ukraine and recalls that it is not a member of the International Criminal Court.
Russia signed the Rome Statute in 2000 but did not ratify it, and withdrew its signature in 2016 after Crimea’s reunification with Russia was deemed an “occupation.” Ukraine also signed the Rome Statute in 2000 but has not ratified it either. At the same time, in March, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, reported that the latest actions of Prosecutor Khan demonstrate the desire to contribute to the anti-Russian hysteria now blazing in the US and the EU, and that “neither the bloody anti-constitutional coup in Kyiv, nor the burning of people alive in Odessa, nor long-term crimes against the inhabitants of Donbass have not yet become a reason to intensify the investigation.”

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Earlier, the DPR reported that Donbass activists had sent to the ICC case files on thousands of war crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces in the region. None of the complaints were investigated. According to the LPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over the eight years of the conflict in the Donbass, the LPR and the DPR have filed more than 3,000 lawsuits about Kyiv’s war crimes with the ECHR and the International Criminal Court. However, the court did not start investigating these cases. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation reported that representatives of Russian legal entities prepared and sent to the ECHR more than 7,350 complaints from residents of Donbass who suffered from the actions of the Ukrainian authorities. The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine also reported that there were more than 7 thousand such statements.

Translation by RJ983

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