Donetsk, Feb 22 – DAN. DPR Special Commission investigating Ukrainian authorities’ crimes in Donbass has filed more than 2,500 cases over civilian casualties, illegal detentions and property destruction relying on evidence in the period since June 2014, the republic’s Foreign Ministry press service told Donetsk News Agency on Wednesday.
“As of 22 February 2017, the Commission has filed 2,528 cases (on the strength of evidence gathered from June 2014 through January 2017),” the press service said.
The Commission has 336 cases of war-related civilian fatalities, 690 injured civilians cases, 31 child death cases, and 101 injured children cases. There are 29 cases of illegally detained civilians, three cases of illegally detained militiamen and 1,308 property damage cases, according to the ministry.
The cases were listed ahead of being handed over to the Public Commission.
Earlier, acting DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova told DAN that the Special Commission had recorded nearly all war crimes committed in 2014 and 2015.
DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko ordered to set up a special war crimes commission on May 30, 2016. It uncovers and records crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Kiev forces in DPR territory. The evidence will be presented at international courts. The commission is also implementing a strategy to inform the international community about Ukrainian authorities’ war crimes and breaches of law. The commission is chaired by acting DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova.*jk