Russia is arming the militants in Donbass weapons seized in the Ukrainian military units during the annexation of the Crimea, – Knyazev

РФ вооружает боевиков на Донбассе оружием, захваченным в украинских военных частях во время аннексии Крыма, - Князев

The Russian Federation is arming the militants in Donbass weapons seized in the Ukrainian military units during the annexation of Crimea. Thus the government of the Russian Federation violated a number of international legal treaties, including the Geneva Convention. This was reported today the head of the National police of Ukraine Sergey Knyazev, the press service of the Ministry.

According to him, according to the law of Ukraine “On ensuring rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine” the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol are recognized as temporarily occupied. Decisions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the Russian Federation as the aggressor.

“In addition, in December 2016 at its meeting, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the decision on the recognition of the Russian Federation occupier. At the same time, the UN General Assembly condemned human rights violations and “illegal establishment by the Russian Federation laws, jurisdiction and administration” in the Crimea”, – noted in police.

In accordance with international legal documents on the state that has illegally annexed the territory of another country, have obligations relating to the maintenance of law and order in the occupied territory.

Despite this, the Russian Federation has not ensured the preservation of firearms small arms and ammunition in the territories captured by the military objects of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol. On the contrary, has begun moving weapons seized at 14 military units and one military University – in the occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

РФ вооружает боевиков на Донбассе оружием, захваченным в украинских военных частях во время аннексии Крыма, - Князев

In the future this weapon was enrolled in illegal armed groups that operate in the East of the Ukrainian state, to wage aggressive war against Ukraine.

“After 2014, when the Russian occupation authorities seized the Crimea, a firearm of more than ten military units, which until 2014 belonged to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and then were captured during the annexation was used in the territory of the Antiterrorist operation”, – said Sergei Knyazev.

The chief of police said that the police found more than 60 facts of withdrawal of the militants of arms from the territory of the occupied Peninsula of Crimea. At the time of annexation these weapons were in military units of VSU in the territory of Sevastopol, Feodosia, Simferopol.

“These facts testify that the Russian Federation arms separatists in the East of our country who daily kill civilians and Ukrainian military”, – said the head of national police.

He reported the seizure on the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions 51 of the machine, 15 pistols, two grenades and one rifle.

On this fact investigators of the Main Directorate of the National police in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol have contributed information in the Unified register of pre-judicial investigations. The police started criminal proceedings against the Russian Federation on signs of the criminal offense provided by part 2 of article 438 of the Criminal code of Ukraine.

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