Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk urged the Prosecutor General's Office to appeal to the International Criminal Court in the Hague in connection with the annexation of Crimea. He said opening a meeting of the cabinet in Kyiv on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing lb.ua.
Yatseniuk noted that according to his instructions, the experts have evaluated the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in the "Crimea - Way back home" documentary and acknowledged that they may be used as evidence of illegal annexation.
"At the government's request, the Justice Ministry turned to Kyiv Institute of Forensic Examinations. I have been informed that yesterday the Forensic Examinations Institute made conclusions regarding the statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu concerning the annexation of Crimea. According to the institute's findings, such statements contain clear signs of violation of international law - in particular the issue of direct orders regarding the annexation of Crimea and carrying out the military intervention against Ukraine," Yatseniuk stated.
The prime minister said he issued some instructions to the Foreign Ministry and Prosecutor General's Office in this respect. "We have drawn up a relevant draft application in line with Article 11 of the Rome Statute, and such an application must be sent to The Hague tribunal (the International Criminal Court) and prosecution agencies, and it is the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office that must immediately start proceedings at the Hague tribunal to hold Russia liable for aggression against Ukraine," Yatseniuk said.
Earlier, Putin admitted that he was personally engaged in developments in Crimea in February-March 2014, which resulted in the illegal addition of the peninsula to the Russian Federation. Putin said about his role in the annexation in comments to the film "Crimea - Way back home." He said that Russia was ready to even use nuclear weapons, if need be.