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Ukraine has accused Russia of using human shields and other war crimes during the annexation of Crimea. These are mentioned in the study entitled “the Occupation of Crimea: No marks, no name, hiding behind civilians”, which was held by the representative office of the Ukrainian President in the Crimea, together with human rights defenders, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.
“Human shields” was used in the environment block and the capture of Ukrainian military units and administrative buildings, said the permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych. Russia used the prohibited method of warfare, to avoid the use of force by the Ukrainian military, he said.
“The use of human shields has not been in the practice of the International criminal court. Such facts, of course, already was, but the “human shields” was mainly used by organized armed groups, not States,” said Korenevich.
According to him, the second crime was the use of “little green men” — soldiers without insignia. This is the case in the history of the world, but not from the States, says the official. “International law was never a question whether armed forces of the state to have the appropriate insignia, and it is a violation of international law,” he added.
Korenevich also said that Russia has carried out treachery and illegally used logos and uniforms of the Navy and of militia of Ukraine.
The lawyer of the Regional centre for human rights Vitaliy Nabukhotny reported that research became the basis of a notification addressed to the international criminal court in February 2019, on the use of the civilian population by blocking and storming Ukrainian military bases in Crimea.
Crimea became part of Russia after the referendum in March 2014, in which the majority of respondents supported this decision. Kiev and the West believe is occupation.
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