KIEV, March 10 – RIA Novosti. Residents of Crimea and Donbass have filed 8,000 complaints against Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), said Ivan Lishchina, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine – ECHR Commissioner.
“Now the ECHR has 10,500 applications against Ukraine. These are from all over the country. Of these, 8,000 are Crimea and Donbass. Of these 8,000, 7,000 were filed from Donbass. And of these 6,000 are complaints exclusively against Ukraine,” Lishchina said in an interview with the online edition Bukvy published on Wednesday.
He noted that he did not know what these complaints were about. “We have a suspicion in the Ministry of Justice that people living in ORDLO (certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, not controlled by Kiev – ed.) Could have been prompted to massively file statements against Ukraine,” he said.
Lishchina noted that the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice knew the essence of only two complaints. One concerned the payment of pensions by Ukraine (was rejected), and the second – the destruction of housing. In it, the plaintiff complained that Ukrainian security forces had fired at her home.
He also said that there are 150-200 cases involving Ukraine, which relate to the poor organization of hostilities in the Donbass, as a result of which “the military were captured”, an ineffective investigation, and Kiev's insufficient efforts to free its citizens.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.