Russia is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians during the armed conflict in August 2008, the Georgian side said during a hearing at the ECHR. Russia denied the allegations. Tbilisi called Moscow responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians during the 2008 Russian-Georgian military conflict. “Russia was far from acting as a neutral party to the conflict,” said lawyer Ben Emmerson, who represented Georgia at an oral hearing in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Wednesday, May 23.
The Georgian side claims that the Russian troops and authorities of South Ossetia, with the support of the Russian Federation, attacked Georgian civilians. At the same time, representatives of Russia during the hearings called these charges unfounded. “Russian servicemen only protected the civilian population of South Ossetia from an attack by Georgian troops,” the Russian Justice Ministry said.
850 dead on both sides
During the current meeting, the ECHR heard the positions of both parties to the conflict. The court decision will be announced later.
According to international observers, during the military operations in South Ossetia and Georgia in August 2008, about 850 people died on both sides – military personnel and civilians. Georgian human rights activists have repeatedly sent lawsuits against Russia to the ECHR related to the violation of human rights during the military conflict in the Caucasus in August 2008.
Russia went on another war crime
The government of the Russian Federation resettled about a million of its citizens into the territory of annexed Crimea.
Such a statement was made by Mustafa Dzhemilev, the authorized representative of the President of Ukraine for the affairs of the Crimean Tatar people.
Mustafa Dzhemilev claims that the Russian authorities are using forced demographic changes in the Crimea, which, according to the 1949 Geneva Convention, refers to war crimes.
According to various estimates, from 850 thousand to 1 million Russian citizens could be brought into the occupied territory.
“Russia now repeats approximately the same strategy that was used during the first occupation under Catherine II. Then it was not possible to deport people, there was no railway, wagons. They simply created unbearable conditions for the lives of people, forcing them to migrate, and, as a result, the Crimean Tatars in a short time became a national minority. And already in 1944 there was total deportation and genocide, ”said Dzhemilev.
Gerashchenko proposed creating a register of dead, wounded and captured journalists
The First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Irina Gerashchenko, at the morning plenary session of the parliament congratulated journalists on their professional holiday and urged the executive bodies to create a single register with dead, captured and wounded media workers.
“I want to join on behalf of the Verkhovna Rada also my thanks to, first of all, the military journalists who are filming the latest history of Ukraine – tragic, dramatic – and urge all executive bodies to create a single register of injuries, deaths, and captures of Ukrainian journalists,” – said Irina Gerashchenko.
US armored cars collide in Lithuania: there are victims (photo)
Four US military armored personnel carriers Stryker collided in the Prenai region of Lithuania. As a result of the accident, 13 US soldiers were injured, Delfi reports citing the press service of the Armed Forces of Lithuania on Thursday, June 7.
There is no danger to the life of the wounded military. Light injuries. They were delivered to the Kaunas Clinical Hospital for a routine check.
The Prenai – Kaunas road was temporarily blocked, residents were asked to choose other routes. Representatives of the Military Police, the police and ambulance doctors work at the scene of the incident.
It is noted that US troops participate in the Sword Sword exercises, which take place in the Baltic countries in June.