To the Armed Forces of Ukraine

 Dear defenders!

We have a historic mission – to save the integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. You are now at the forefront.

The last two days have shown your courage, bravery, endurance and extreme loyalty oath to the people of Ukraine!

Stay strong – the victory will be ours, because we are protecting our homeland!

 

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!

Appeal to the nations-guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council

The high command of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation issued an ultimatum to the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located in the Crimea. The ultimatum demands that the Ukrainian units surrender by 5 a.m. local time (3 a.m. GMT) on March 4, 2014.

In case of non-compliance, the high command threatens to attack those units and use any types of weapons. The armed forces of the Russian Federation are also concentrating on the eastern borders of Ukraine, which indicates a preparation for an attack against Ukraine from the east.

Simultaneously, there is a plan for landing Russian special operations troops in the capital of Ukraine to seize government buildings and critical administrative centers. This is the beginning of a full-scale war against the people of Ukraine, which will inevitably lead to numerous casualties, devastation, and a humanitarian catastrophe in the region, and will encourage the leadership of the Russian Federation to initiate further aggressive actions against other states. Continue reading

Statement of the Public Commission for the investigation and prevention of human rights violations in Ukraine

On March 1, 2014, the Russian Federation’s Federation Council of the Federal Assembly approved a resolution allowing to deploy Russian armed forces in the Ukrainian territory. With this legislative act, the Federation Council legalized Vladimir Putin’s political decision, based on which Russian armed forces began blocking Ukrainian military units and seizing government buildings and transport routes in the Crimea even before the adoption of the resolution.

Russia’s actions represent an act of unprovoked military aggression, which is a serious international crime under international law that threatens peace and security in the region and the world. In accordance with modern international law, including the 1998 Statute of the International Criminal Court, as amended in 2010,, persons responsible for the preparation, planning, initiation or execution of acts of aggression are subject to individual criminal liability. The crime of aggression is not subject to any statute of limitations. Continue reading

Public commission named 25 officials responsible for crimes against humanity

Public commission on investigation and prevention of the human rights violation in Ukraine began to compile a list of public officials, connected to the illegal use of force against protesters.

“The decision of the Commission is consistent with the intentions of the Council of the European Union, namely to determine a list of Ukrainian officials to whom personal sanctions will be applied,” stated Committee Chairman, Volodymyr Vasylenko, Doctor of Law, Professor of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, and a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2002-2005). The corresponding message is posted on Commission’s web page. Continue reading

Open Letter from the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

Mr. President!

According to Section 102 of the Constitution of Ukraine, you are a guarantor of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and are required to uphold the Constitution and ensure the protection of human, civil and political rights and freedoms in Ukraine.

In the current critical situation, you are personally responsible for the lives and destinies of our citizens and for the future of Ukraine. Continue reading

Statement of the Public Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

The events of bloody Tuesday – 02/18/2014 – confirmed that the Viktor Yanukovych -controlled, anti constitutional and authoritarian regime has now resorted to large-scale war against the Ukrainian people. This war is accompanied by a new wave of gross violations of fundamental human rights and basic individual freedoms. Using specially trained provocateurs, who have been infiltrated well in advance into the surroundings of the nonviolent protest movement, the government has now used unlawful brut force against the participants of a peaceful march to Parliament and initiated a barbarous “cleansing” of the Maidan.

By cruel and disproportionate use of force to suppress legitimate protest, the anti-Ukrainian authorities are trying to intimidate Ukrainian society in its entirety. Citizens of Ukraine have become hostages and victims of the criminal acts of government that has proved to be incapable of finding a civilized solution to a political crisis provoked by its own actions. The Government’s responses to the just demands of society have come in the form of cynical provocations and crimes against humanity that have been committed by President Yanukovych’s security forces and the criminal elements under their control. Continue reading