War crimes of Russia
The Project was launched in September 2017 by Security and Cooperation in Ukraine - a Ukrainian non-governmental organisation. It aims to help Ukraine to present all of the facts and evidence to international courts relevant to the assertion that the Russian Federation planned an aggressive war against Ukraine.
The Project’s objective is to coordinate interaction between Ukraine’s general public, Security and Cooperation in Ukraine and the government with a view to protecting human rights and freedoms, the territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as the fundamental democratic principles that ensure the fair functions of a modern society.
The Project’s team will be comprised of human rights and international law experts, analysts, volunteers and people coming from the Donbas region. The team will focus on paving the way for prosecution of military perpetrators of crimes, terrorists, propagandists, organisers and “sponsors” of the war in Ukraine in international courts.
We focus primarily on evidence relating to:
• the planning of intervention in Ukraine as well as full/partial occupation of Ukraine by regular and irregular military formations of the RF;
• any denying and concealing of the illegal occupation by Russia, over occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as well as financial support for the occupation forces;
• any denying and concealing of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Ascertaining the truth in each case will be conducted by building a case carefully. This involves searching, collecting, analysing and marshalling information from open sources, as well as documenting statements and communications from the general public.
Further, once analysed and prepared carefully, we will submit a case to international courts. Pursuing its key objectives, Security and Cooperation in Ukraine CA has established cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Security Service (SBU) and the Military Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.
For Ukraine, the Project is unique due to its functions as it will engage a wide range of members of the general public to assist the state in searching for and collecting evidence of sparkling the hybrid war in Ukraine and the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by Russia. The CA and Ukraine’s general public will jointly search for photo and video evidence in open sources.