Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ukraine accuses Russia of “assassinations” and is prosecuting it before the European Court of Human Rights


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Ukraine has initiated prosecutions against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights, accusing it of carrying out “targeted assassinations against persons suspected of dissent,” according to what the judiciary said Tuesday 02/23 in a statement.

The court based in Strasbourg stated that according to the complaint filed on Friday, the assassinations were committed “in Russia and on the territory of other countries (…) outside an armed conflict situation.” Another is before the European Court of Human Rights, the ninth filed by Kiev against Moscow, noting that four of them are still under consideration in the Court of the Council of Europe, which counts Ukraine and Russia among its members.

The Ukrainian government also accuses Russia of “not conducting investigations into these assassinations” and “arranging intentional camouflage operations aimed at obstructing efforts to search for those responsible,” according to the court, without revealing further details. She said that Kiev accuses Moscow of violating the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights relating to the “right to life.”

Other complaints filed by Kiev against Moscow, which are still under consideration, relate to “events that occurred in eastern Ukraine, including the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane, which was shot down in July 2014,” and “numerous violations of the treaty” in Crimea, And “a maritime accident that occurred in the Kerch Strait in 2018, which led to the control of three Ukrainian navy ships and their hoops.” Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Ukraine has been witnessing a war with pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, killing about 13,000 people.



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