Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova on the work of a Special Committee

07 March 2017

J. – For three years, the Ukrainian party has claimed that we are shooting ourselves here. In this regard, in order to deny these allegations, a Special Committee on recording and collecting the evidence of war crimes of the Ukrainian authorities was founded in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic. Could You tell us about this Your work? How does this department operate?

N.N. – A Special Committee works. And we can say that it works quite successfully. Of course, we would like to increase the rates, because there is a lot of material for the past two years. The Committee was formed only in May 2016, but there were shelling and facts of war crimes against the population of Donbass both in 2014 and in 2015, so we had to catch up. It was necessary to collect all the necessary documents and materials. We continue to work on it. In addition, there is also a Public Committee in the Donetsk People's Republic on the same subject - on the recording of war crimes. We cooperate with the public representatives in this area. There are 2528 materials for the period from June 2014 to January 2017 in the register of the Special Committee: 366 cases of dead civilians, 690 cases of wounded civilians, 31 of dead children, 101 of wounded children. I want to say that representatives of the Special Committee regularly go out to interview witnesses, relatives, deceased and wounded children. This work is systematically carried out. Information and data are constantly published, where and in which city or in which settlement the survey will be conducted, where these data will be collected. And we also work in the following directions: prisoners and  illegally held persons. To date, 29 materials have been entered in the register and the largest amount of materials of residential destruction is 1308 cases, although I can say that we work in two districts of Donetsk and Gorlovka. We began to systematize materials on the destruction of 2014 but only in these areas. And there are already a huge number of them.