Ukraine wants global court to investigate crimes in Crimea, east

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 7:08 AM

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Ukraine wants the International Criminal Court to investigate all alleged war crimes in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, where it has been fighting pro-Russian rebels, foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview, broadening an existing probe.

Ukraine has already given the global court the authority to investigate crimes on its territory from November 21, 2013, to February 22, 2014, an earlier period leading up to the fall of Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovich.

"We are quite optimistic about more, definitely more, engagement of the ICC," Pavlo Klimkin told Reuters before meeting the court's president and prosecutor on Friday.

An ICC referral would cover "everything under the (ICC) mandate, including crimes against humanity," he said.

(Editing by Andrew Heavens)