Donetsk, Apr 26 - DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime’s crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) gathered in Donetsk on Thursday to review genocide charges.

Under Article 442 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code, genocide and public calls for genocide are punished by ten to 15 years or life imprisonment, and six months to five years imprisonment.

Presiding judge Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, lawyer for the defence Elena Gridina and a panel of jurors are taking part in the UPT session.

On April 25, the Tribunal considered the fifth batch of charges against Ukrainian authorities. It questioned experts and witnesses and examined photo and video evidence.

Previously, the UPT brought charges against eight Poroshenko regime officials including Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The UPT set up by the initiative group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk is reviewing cases in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law.*jk