Hague Tribunal: Annexation of Crimea amounts to military conflict between Russia and Ukraine

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The International Criminal Court called the situation in the occupied Crimea equivalent to an armed conflict between the two countries.

This is stated in the annual report of the preliminary investigation of the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in The Hague, published on November 14.

The law of international armed conflict also applies to this situation after March 18, 2014 to the extent that the events in the Crimea and Sevastopol are conidered as continuing the occupation.

According to the Court, it is not necessary to determine the legitimacy of the initial intervention, which resulted in the occupation.

Thus, this international conflict can be investigated by the Rome Statute standards.

The ICC Office of the Prosecutor also has information about the oppression of the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula, forced displacement of 179 arrested persons to the territory of the Russian Federation, the forced mobilization of the Crimean population for military service.

The prosecutor of the court decided to continue gathering evidence on this situation in the next year.

Source: rusjev.net