Donetsk, Apr 3 - DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating Petr Poroshenko regime’s war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) resumed its session in Donetsk on Tuesday to review the third batch of charges concerning tortures, lootings and robberies.

According to the prosecutor’s materials, Poroshenko regime officials are accused of the offences punishable under the following articles of Ukraine’s Criminal Code:

  • Articles 27 Part 5; Article 187 (robbery);

  • Article 27, Part 5; Article 257 (banditry);

  • Article 127, Part 5 (tortures);

  • Article 27, Part 5; Article 194 (malicious destruction of or damage to property),

  • Article 27, Part 5; Article 433 (use of violence against population in the war zone);

  • Article 146 (illegal deprivation of liberty or abduction);

  • Article 147 (hostage taking);

  • Article 434 (maltreatment of prisoners-of-war);

  • Article 27, Part 5, Article 258 (act of terror);

  • Articles 258-5 (funding of terrorism).

Presiding judge Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, lawyer for the defence Elena Gridina and a panel of 12 jurors take part in UPT sessions.

On Monday, the Tribunal considered the second batch of charges (crimes of illegal paramilitary and armed formations) and heard the testimonies of eight victims of the Poroshenko regime’s illegal paramilitary formations.

On March 26 and 27, the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal reviewed charges against the Poroshenko regime concerning the use of armed forces against civilians.

It brought charges against 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