ICC Prosecutor decides to probe situation in Ukraine

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Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to open a preliminary examination of allegations of crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine.

Although Ukraine is not part of the UN-backed ICC, the new government has declared its acceptance of the Court's jurisdiction over the crimes it says were committed between November and February.

They relate to anti-government protests that led to the fall of former President Victor Yanukovich.

According to the government, during the upheaval troops killed more than 100 protesters in Kiev and other cities in the country.

The Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda's examination of the situation in Ukraine must establish whether the criteria set out under the Rome Statute, which governs the court, have been met.

Only then can an investigation into the alleged crimes be launched.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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