Ukraine moves for ICC investigation of “crimes against humanity”
KIEV, February 25 (RAPSI) – The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution requesting that the International Criminal Court (ICC) conduct an independent investigation into the “crimes against humanity” allegedly committed in Ukraine, according to the Verkhovna Rada statement released on Tuesday.
339 lawmakers voted for the adoption of the request.
The motion will recognize the ICC before the Ukrainian jurisdiction in the matter of “crimes against humanity” allegedly surrounding the deaths of Ukranian citizens during the protests actions from November 21, 2013 to February 22, 2014.
Unrest in Kiev erupted this month anew as thousands of people marched on the parliament building, where a standoff was taking place over proposed constitutional reforms that the opposition said could provide a way out of the political crisis that is paralyzing the country. The violence that ensued resulted in numerous deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Fighting between radical anti-government protesters and police has claimed 82 lives since the violence escalated on February 18, according to the Ukrainian Health Ministry. Yanukovich, who fled the capital, had earlier called the move a coup and compared it to the rise of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s.