International tribunal slams West for crimes in Ukraine
An apartment building destroyed after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine (file Photo)
Sun. Sept. / 14, 2014
An international tribunal has condemned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US counterpart Barack Obama as well as the heads of NATO and the European Commission for war crimes in eastern Ukraine.
The Russell Tribunal an informal trial on Saturday in the Italian city of Venice, ruling that the noted leaders are responsible for crimes committed against the people in Ukraine’s eastern regions.
“The Russell Tribunal, which met to condemn the war crimes in Donbas (south-eastern Ukraine), based on the presented evidence, ruled to hold Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, US president Barack Obama, European Commission head, Jose Manuel Barroso, and NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, accountable for their direct responsibility in the war against the people of Donbas,” said the tribunal.
During the tribunal session, Galina Kozhushko, representing pro-Russian forces in Lugansk and Donetsk regions, said Kiev’s military operations in the area destroyed schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
“People in Lugansk just couldn’t believe that their own government would be killing them,” said Kozhuskho.
The tribunal’s ruling on eastern Ukraine is to be sent to the United States Secretariat, the EU, the International Criminal Court and other international bodies.
Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Moscow forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russians in mid-April.
On September 5, a ceasefire agreement was reached between Kiev and the pro-Russians after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Poroshenko hammered out a compromise deal aimed at ending the heavy fighting.
The Tribunal is an International People’s Tribunal created by a large group of citizens involved in the promotion of peace and justice. The tribunal met for the first time in 1966 investigating the crimes committed by the US during the Vietnam War.