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Kiev to ignore Russian lawsuits against Ukrainian military actions

02.06.2014 14:34

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has stated that criminal cases against the Ukrainian military officers involved in an operation in the east of the country will have no legal effects.

"The appealing by Russia to the international humanitarian law is surprising, given the inaction of Russian officials who effectively facilitate the unobstructed infiltration of Ukraine across the border by illegal armed formations," the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement on Monday.

The announcement by the Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) of a criminal case opened against officers and representatives of the Ukrainian National Guard under a Russian Criminal Code article over prohibited warfare methods being used in towns across the Donetsk region "will have no legal effects with respect to law enforcement officers, military service members and other participants of anti-terrorist measures in Ukraine, who are acting within their mandate," the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office also said.

On May 30 RIC spokesman Vladimir Markin said that the RIC opened a criminal case against officers and representatives of the Ukrainian National Guard over the use of prohibited warfare methods in the towns of the Donbas region.

The article regarding "the use of prohibited warfare methods" imposes a punishment of up to 20 years of imprisonment.