Yarema sends letter to Russian prosecutor general on involvement of Russian citizens in Donbas conflict
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema has sent an official letter to Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika regarding the need for Russian law enforcement agencies to take measures to prevent the participation of Russian citizens in the armed conflict on Ukrainian territory.
"Dear Yury Yakovlevich! Recent tragic events in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine encourage me to address you with the following. In [Donetsk and Luhansk regions] an armed confrontation still continues between the authorities of our country, in particular, the Ukrainian army, and representatives of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic armed with separatist armed formations," reads the letter, which was published on the Web site of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine on Wednesday.
Yarema wrote that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has official information on a significant number of Russian citizens acting on the side of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR and actively using their weapons against the Ukrainian Armed Forces and civilians.
The letter also contains the materials of criminal proceedings, court cases, as well as reports by international observers, confirming the involvement of Russian citizens in the hostilities in eastern Ukraine, as well as those involved in the financing of terrorism.
In particular, the letter notes that the pre-trial investigation authorities of Ukraine, in connection with participation in armed conflicts and hostilities in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, are prosecuting Russian citizens Igor Bezler, Igor Girkin, Sergei Zdrilyuk, Nikolai Kozitsin, Alexander Borodai and other Russian citizens.