Over 4,000 Ukrainian enterprises seized in Crimea – prosecutor general
Over 4,000 Ukrainian enterprises were seized in Crimea, and Ukraine sent an information letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on ten cases of violation of private property rights, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said.
"In the course of the investigation, the Crimean prosecutor's office received information on the seizure of more than 4,000 Ukrainian enterprises on the peninsula. An overall assessment of the losses caused by such actions to the state of Ukraine is determined by the Guild of Appraisers of Ukraine in the preliminary amount of more than a trillion hryvnias," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.
According to Lutsenko, all necessary procedures have been carried out in order to recognize this property as arrested, in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.
"Accordingly, any change of its legal status will be prosecuted according to Ukrainian, and later, probably, international laws," he added.
He also said that according to the applications of the victims, UAH 1.6 billion worth of property in Crimea had been arrested.
He also said that in addition to the appropriation of state property by the occupation authorities, applications also come from private owners.
According to the prosecutor general, Ukraine sent an information letter to the International Criminal Court on ten cases of violation of private property rights in Crimea as part of seven criminal proceedings.
"I think that these are two cases - the protection of the rights of the state, as well as private property rights in the temporarily occupied territory will be decisive for the fate of the whole property in the territory of Crimea in the future," Lutsenko said.
According to him, the prosecutor's office will actively cooperate with the ICC office to make this case a priority when considering the situation with violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea.