Russia’s kangaroo court in Mariupol seeks to distract from war crimes, U.S. State Department says

25 August, 07:01 PM
The State Department called the court in Mariupol

The State Department called the court in Mariupol "a mockery of justice" (Photo:Mariupol City Council/Handout via REUTERS)

The planned show trials in occupied Mariupol of Ukrainian defenders captured by Russia is an attempt to divert attention from the numerous and well-documented war crimes Russia has committed, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a press statement on Aug. 24.

“By planning to hold so-called ‘tribunals’ in Russian-controlled Mariupol against Ukraine’s brave defenders, the Kremlin is attempting to deflect responsibility for President Putin’s war of aggression and distract from over-whelming evidence of the atrocities Russian forces have committed in Ukraine,” the statement reads.

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Price reiterated that any such show trials are illegal and represent “a mockery of justice.”

Ukrainian military servicemembers – both citizens and foreign nationals – are protected by international law as prisoners of war, the official added.

“The United States will continue to firmly stand with the Ukrainian people as they defend their freedom,” Price stated.

Ukrainian officials warned on Aug. 12 that Russian occupation authorities in Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, are planning to hold so-called “tribunals” of Ukrainian POWs, on the premises of the city’s philharmonic orchestra hall.

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