The Prosecutor's Office of the ARC and the city of Sevastopol, together with non-governmental organizations, is preparing for the International Criminal Court (ICC) evidence of Russia's crimes against the natural environment in the occupied Crimea.
The head of the prosecutor's office in the ARC and the city of Sevastopol, Ihor Ponochevny, said this in an interview with the Center for Journalistic Investigations, reports the Center for Journalistic Investigations.
It is about illegal mining, the destruction of natural resources, and other environmental crimes. The relevant materials are planned to be sent to the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court at the beginning of 2023.
Ponochevny noted that Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine gave impetus to the start of the ICC investigation of the "Situation in Ukraine" case, which from 2017 to the end of 2021 was at the stage of investigation, as the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC decided whether war crimes had been committed on the territory of Ukraine, whether they worth investigation by the ICC.
"The ICC prosecutor's office also independently collects evidence of crimes in Ukraine, almost every week. Various investigators of the Office come to Ukraine, work in all territories, including Crimea. A few weeks ago we met with such a group. The work goes on and goes very actively. That's nice. I hope that justice and punishment for all war criminals will be ensured", said Ponochevny.