Ukraine has reacted to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on its complaint against Russia about human rights violations in Crimea. This was announced on Thursday, January 14, by Interfax-Ukraine.
“This is a victory for Ukraine. This is an important step towards bringing Russia to legal responsibility for its aggression against Ukraine. And with every step the price of this responsibility will grow, ”said Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
Earlier, the ECHR made an interim decision on Ukraine’s complaint against Russia over the annexation of Crimea: it was considered partially admissible and will continue to be considered. The court, among other things, recognized that Crimea has actually been under Russian jurisdiction since February 27, 2014. The question of whether the inclusion of the peninsula into Russia was legal from the point of view of international law was not considered by the ECHR.
In addition, the court declared that a number of charges brought against Russia by the Ukrainian authorities were unproved: the murder of civilians, intimidation of foreign journalists, discrimination against ethnic Ukrainians.
Crimea became part of Russia in 2014 after a referendum in which the majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula supported this decision. Ukraine considers it an occupation.