Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

NATALIA NIKONOROVA TOOK PART IN BRIEFING ON REORGANIZATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES OF THE REPUBLIC IN JCCC

07 September 2022
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Today, on September 7, a briefing on the occasion of the transformation of the Representative Offices in the JCCC operating in the LDPR into Representative Offices of the Republics in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Issues Related to War Crimes of Ukraine and the legal consolidation of the relevant functionality was held.

The event was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR Natalia Nikonorova, the Deputy Head of the DPR Representative Office in the JCCC Natalia Shutkina, the Head and the Deputy head of the LPR Representative Office in the JCCC Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko and Roman Ivanov, respectively, as well as French documentary filmmaker, a former serviceman of France Adrian Boquet.

The key points of the speech of the DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova:

the Regulations of the Representative Offices set the range of issues that they have actually been dealing with since the beginning of their work and will deal with in the future at a new level of authority and tasks;

in the realities of the intense armed aggression of Ukraine sponsored by the collective West against the civilian population of Donbass, the groups of the Representative Offices of the Republics continued their work on recording, documenting, and publicizing the consequences of Kiev's armed aggression;

crimes against humanity, as well as war crimes, do not have a statute of limitations, which means that bringing the perpetrators to justice will not lose its relevance;

we will do our utmost to ensure that every atrocity of the Ukrainian regime on the land of Donbass is recorded and investigated;

regarding the Special Committee on recording and collecting evidence of crimes committed by the Ukrainian authorities in Donbass, I would like to note that over 6 years of work we have collected more than 35 thousand proofs of crimes of the Ukrainian authorities in Donbass by category: killed civilians (1,135 records), wounded civilians (4,342 records), killed children (127 records), wounded children (483 records), citizens captured and illegally held by the Ukrainian side (86 records), destruction of residential buildings and infrastructure (28,987 records);

it is for this purpose that the leadership of the Republic decided to transform the JCCC and assign the updated functionality to the Representative Offices, as well as transfer the database available to the Special Commission for its further formation and administration.

Natalia Nikonorova also appealed to the representatives of the territories liberated from the Kiev regime to join the common, important case of documenting the war crimes of the Ukrainian authorities:

"Open your representative offices in the JCCC and start collecting evidence of the atrocities of the Ukrainian regime in your territories. My colleagues and I, for our part, are ready to provide all the necessary support and assistance in this area. We send all the data collected by the JCCC to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Foreign Ministries of other countries, international organizations, committees, institutions".

At the end of her speech, the Minister thanked foreign journalists, in particular French citizen Adrian Boquet, for coming to the Republic to get to see firsthand how Donbass has lived under the shelling of Ukrainian militants, and she also expressed respect and admiration for the high professionalism and dedication of employees of the Republic's Representative Offices in their tense, responsible and dangerous service.