Comment of the DPR Ombudsman on double standards of Ukrainian judicial bodies

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We became aware that a pre-trial investigation began under the direction of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Donetsk region, and this fact was documented in the Unified Register of Pre-trial investigations by preliminary qualification under Part 2 of Art. 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The same information was made public by the representative of the Ukrainian side in the humanitarian subgroup, Irina Gerashchenko.

I am outraged by the double standards of Ukrainian judicial bodies. Instead of checking the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war (Part 1, Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), as well as involving underage children in criminal activity (Part 1, Article 304 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) by a certain Ritsko, the Ukrainian side incriminates illegal imprisonment or kidnapping by the state bodies of the Donetsk People’s Republic of, in this case, adolescents group that committed the acts of sabotage in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

I wonder how soon the investigation of this crime will begin (on the involvement of minors in criminal activities, and violations of methods and means of warfare).

Let me remind that the children realized their guilt for the crimes committed. The question is if Ritsko ready to take responsibility for the violation of the laws and customs of war, and also for the involvement of these children in criminal activity promising payment to them, blackmailing and threatening? The guilty must be punished. The responsible must be held accountable.

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