MOSCOW, June 17 (RAPSI) – “Law Against Fascism, an association of NGOs for the international legal remedy of the rights of Ukrainians affected by Kiev’s special operation, has prepared over 70 lawsuits to be heard in Ukrainian courts and could also file them with international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and the Hague court,” said Alexander Brod, an association coordinator and director of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights.

Law Against Fascism was established in cooperation with the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law (ROIIP) and the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights. In late May, the association opened a counseling office in Moscow and plans to open more offices in other regions on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

A special operation was launched in Ukraine in mid-April to suppress the independence fighters in eastern Ukraine, who do not recognize the legitimacy of the Kiev authorities that were brought to power by ultranationalist activists as a result of a regime change on February 22, when President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country. The bloodiest battles have so far been waged in Slavyansk in the north of the Donetsk Region and in Kramatorsk and Mariupol in the region’s south.

Moscow has described that operation, which has claimed dozens of lives on both sides, including among civilians, as punitive and is urging Kiev to put an end to it immediately.