Documenting war crimes in Ukraine.
The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022.

“Those who survived the hell”

Alexander Pavlichenko

Recent studies of illegal deprivation of liberty and the use of torture, cruel or inhuman treatment was realized by the coalition “Justice for Peace in Donbas.” We are talking about the cases of illegal detention, kidnapping and tortures of people in the zone of anti-terrorist operations (ATO).

This short intervention is the announcement of today’s side-event and I’d like to draw your attention to the presentation of the report with the analytics and concrete descriptions of cruelty of the hell in the illegal detention places. The team of the project and the witnesses will share the information during this event starting from 18.00, the hard copy of the report will be distributed.

In 1945 Europe said “never again” to the atrocity and horrors of the war – killings, murders, tortures, persecutions. The international mechanisms, instruments and institutions such as the Council of Europe, UN, OSCE, NATO were created and a number of conventions and their control mechanisms were elaborated and established.

1995 Ukraine has become the member of the CoE and introduced the jurisdiction of the CoE mechanisms on its territory. However, despite this we may confirm that in the Crimea, partly in in Donezk and Luguansk regions controlled by pro-russian illegal armed forces in the ATO zone we observe the entire area where is no law, no rule of law and no mechanism that protect basic rights of the persons. There is the “area of the gray law” without any mechanisms of justice. The main purpose of the study, that will be presented to your attention, was to find out, to record the cases of torture and ill-treatment, in order to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice at national or international level.

Why such brutality and cruelty occurred on the territory of this “zone of the gray law”?

There are several causes and motives:

1. The obvious intention to install the repressive regime with demonstrative cruelty. To punish some, to afraid all.

2. Impunity of criminals. Classic rule in criminology – unpunished crime provokes its repetition and became more cruel.


Truth, fixing of all the cases of tortures or ill treatments – the crimes against humanity – with prosecution and punishment of all perpetrators and organizers through national and international mechanisms – it is a today’s requirement.

It is the ground that “never again” over 8,000 killed and over 18,000 wounded per one year in actual conflict that is real war “never again” of Boeing 777 with the flight MH 17 will be captured.

Unpunished evil creates new evil.

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