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 Rada stiffens responsibility for war crimes

Ukrainian MPs have introduced changes to the Criminal Code of Ukraine concerning the abuse of power or authority by a military official.

The corresponding decision has been supported by 243 MPs, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"This law is very important in order to reduce the number of war crimes, in particular among the unit commanders and the battalion commanders towards their subordinates," chairman of the relevant parliamentary committee Andrii Kozhemiakin said.

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The law stipulates that abuse of power or authority by a military official, that is deliberately committed actions beyond the rights or powers granted to that person if these actions have caused substantial harm, is punishable by restraint for a term of two to five years, or imprisonment for the same period.

The law also provides that the use of non-statutory sanctions on the subordinate or abuse of disciplinary power, if these actions have caused substantial damage, and resort to force against the subordinate is punished with imprisonment for a term of three to seven years.

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