The Latvian Security Police (VDD) has declared 25 Ukrainian refugees as witnesses to Russian crime in Ukraine. Two Ukrainian citizens have been declared victims.
On March 15, VDD began criminal proceedings against war crimes and crimes against humanity and peace in Ukraine by Russian troops. The criminal procedure was initiated in accordance with the criminal law.
Investigators interviewed 49 people who agreed to testify about the crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, VDD reported.
Twenty-five of the aforementioned people have been declared direct witnesses to war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Russian army.
During the investigation, VDD obtained photo and video material detailing Russian military crimes from those witnesses. Photos and videos are added to the criminal case material as evidence. Interviews with other witnesses continue.
Two Ukrainian citizens have been declared victims of the criminal procedure.
VDD refrains from providing more detailed comments.
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On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine to begin. Thousands of Ukrainian citizens have fled to Europe and Latvia. Some of them have decided to testify about the criminal procedure initiated by VDD in Latvia.
Prosecutor General Julis Stukans signed an agreement in The Hague earlier this year regarding Latvia’s participation in a crime-focused investigation into Russia in Ukraine.
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