Donetsk, Mar 23 – DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes (UPT) can prompt a deluge of ousting criminal authorities in Ukraine, the chairwoman of the UPT Elena Shishkina, a lawyer from Donetsk, said.

"We have never aimed at fostering it (the change of government in Ukraine), but this is a link in the chain. We, the citizens of Ukraine, initiated a legal process. We hope that out public initiative will inspire clear-headed people in Ukraine to act."

The UPT establishment is a step towards the peace, Shishkina said, though its success does not solely depend on Donbass activists. "It can probably take time and change within the Ukrainian initiative, but it will happen. The history teaches us that no one can evade retribution."

The Initiative Group of the People’s Tribunal for the crimes of Poroshenko and his clique against Ukrainian citizens held a constitutive meeting in Donetsk on Tuesday. It approved the Tribunal’s Charter and composition and announced the launching of the official website. The UPT is expected to hold the first hearing in Donetsk on March 26-27.

On March 15, the Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk announced the establishment of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes. It will review the crimes of high-ranking officials, including Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, National Security Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, the minister of internal affairs Arsen Avakov and Ukrainian armed force commander-in-chief Viktor Muzhenko. The cases will be tried and files reviewed in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and international law.*ot