10:58 09.09.2015

Ukraine recognizes jurisdiction of ICC over war crimes – Klimkin

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Ukraine recognizes jurisdiction of ICC over war crimes – Klimkin

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin has submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) a declaration on the recognition of the jurisdiction of the court by Ukraine.

"This is a historic moment. On behalf of the president I've handed to the ICC today a declaration on the recognition of ICC jurisdiction," Klimkin tweeted on Tuesday.

"Ukraine recognizes the jurisdiction [of the ICC] over crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since the beginning of the aggression by the Russian Federation," he said.

Klimkin said that the ICC had noted the Ukrainian authorities' support of the investigation into crimes committed during the Maidan events.

"The crimes against Maidan activists, the crimes by the aggressor and terrorists backed by it will not go unpunished," Klimkin tweeted.

He also posted a photocopy of the statement he submitted to the ICC.

As reported, on February 4, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the jurisdiction of the ICC over crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office explained that Ukraine has prepared all the necessary materials and evidence for the appeal to the ICC concerning crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by senior officials of the Russian Federation and the heads of the terrorist organizations Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, which led to grim consequences and the mass murder of Ukrainian citizens.

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