Donetsk, May 21 – DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin has requested life imprisonment for Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko for his war crimes against Donbass, the DAN reporter said from the hearing room.
"Witnesses' statements fully prove that the crimes took place. Your honor, I request life imprisonment for all defendants for multiple offenses," said Kozhemyakin.
Today the UPT has resumed hearings in Donetsk. The board studied case files, heard arguments of prosecution and defense, admitted additional files.
Kozhemyakin has also filed criminal complaints against Ukrainian commanders responsible for shelling Donbass to be investigated separately.
The Tribunal has already reviewed cases concerning the following groups of crimes: genocide; Donbass blockade; war propaganda; tortures, looting and robbery; formation of illegal armed groups; using armed forces against civilians.
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 are be tried and files reviewed in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and international law.*ot