MOSCOW, February 20 (RAPSI) – Olga Kovitidi, Crimean representative in the upper house of Russia’s parliament, will urge the Federation Council to propose that the UN establish a criminal tribunal to investigate the death of civilians in Donbas, Izvestia newspaper writes on Friday.

Kovitidi said that if the international community admits the existence of a military conflict in Ukraine and plans to send peacekeepers there, it should also recognize the facts of the mass murder of peaceful civilians there.

She believes everyone should know about the inevitability of punishment and that the protection of human rights and freedoms are not doubletalk, the newspaper writes.

The MP believes the international community’s inaction will create a precedent for similar cases.

Igor Morozov, member of the Federation Council International Affairs Committee, has said that all those guilty of military crimes committed by the Kiev authorities will eventually be called to account by an international criminal tribunal.

Under international law, responsibility for the use of artillery against peaceful civilians rests with the supreme commander, in this case President Petro Poroshenko, the MP said.

According to the UN, over 5,600 people have died in Ukraine since the start of the conflict in April, 2014.