Donetsk Leader: Zelensky Must Be Tried for War Crimes

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.21 - 2024 10:00 AM CET

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Denis Pushilin has called for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be tried for war crimes.

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Denis Pushilin, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), has made a bold statement calling for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be tried for war crimes.

In a statement to TASS on May 21, Pushilin accused Zelensky of issuing criminal orders that have put the lives of both Donbass residents and the wider Ukrainian population in jeopardy.

"We, the residents of Donbass, have no doubts that he (Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky) deserves a trial, that he is a war criminal," Pushilin declared.

He emphasized that Zelensky's actions and directives have posed serious risks to civilians, warranting legal accountability.

Historical Context

Pushilin's comments also touched on the broader historical context, noting that Ukraine has effectively lost control of its eastern regions since 2014.

This loss has, according to Pushilin, cast ongoing doubts about the legitimacy of Ukrainian leadership over the past decade.

This call for Zelensky's trial echoes sentiments shared by other Russian officials.

Earlier, Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, suggested that Zelensky should either be arrested and tried as a terrorist or eliminated following Kiev's capitulation.

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