Donetsk, Apr 25 – DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) has embarked on hearings of the fifth block of crimes.

Today's hearing covers crimes related to the blockade of Donbass. The crimes committed during the events are subject to several articles of the Ukrainian Criminal Code: Non-payment of Salaries, Wages, Pensions, Stipends, Benefits and Other Payments; Putting out of Commission Transport Vehicles or Communications; Blocking of Transportation Routes, and Capturing of a Transport Enterprise; Willful Endamagement of Communication Lines.

The UPT chairwoman Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, the prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, defense lawyer Elena Gridina and the jury are present at the hearing.

On April 17, the court wound up two-days hearing reviewing crimes related to war propaganda by the Poroshenko's regime. Earlier the tribunal heard cases on using armed forces against civilians, formation of illegal armed groups, tortures, looting and robbery.

The UPT charged eight people: Ukraine’s president Petr Poroshenko, the minister of internal affairs Arsen Avakov, secretary of the national security and defense council of Ukraine Aleksandr Turchynov, prime minister Vladimir Groisman, commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko, defense minister Stepan Poltorak, chairman of the Verkhovnaya Rada Andrey Parubiy, ex-prime-minster Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

On March 15, the Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk announced the establishment of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes. The cases will be tried and files reviewed in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and international law.*ot