Donetsk, Apr 17 - DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating war crimes of Petr Poroshenko’s regime against Ukrainian citizens has reviewed the fourth batch of charges concerning war propaganda. The Tribunal questioned 15 witnesses and victims during the sessions on April 16 and 17.
“The UPT reviewed the crimes of war propaganda, inciting ethnic and religious hate and interfering with the legitimate activity of journalists etc. Judges have questioned 15 people overall, including witnesses and victims,” presiding judge Elena Shishkina told the Donetsk News Agency.
She added that in the past two days, the UPT had examined photos and videos and questioned linguists, philologists, journalists and clerics.
On Monday, the UPT began to review the fourth batch of charges concerning war propaganda. The Tuesday hearing was a follow-up.
Under Article 436 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code, war propaganda is punished by up to three years in prison. Earlier, the UPT heard the charges of the use of armed forces against civilians, the setting up of illegal armed formations, and tortures, lootings and robberies.
It brought charges against eight Poroshenko regime officials: Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The UPT set up by the initiative group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk is reviewing cases in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law.*jk