Donetsk, Apr 17 - DAN. The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime’s war crimes against Ukrainian citizens has resumed the hearing in Donetsk.

On Monday, the UPT began to review the fourth batch of charges concerning war propaganda and questioned nine victims and witnesses. The Tuesday hearing is a follow-up. Under Article 436 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code, war propaganda is punishable by up to three years in prison.

UPT 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.

Earlier, the UPT addressed the charges of the use of armed forces against civilians, the setting up of illegal armed formations, and tortures, lootings and robberies.

It brought charges against eight Poroshenko regime officials: 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