30 Jan Ukraine to hand over evidence of Russian Wagner Group’s crimes to UK lawyers bringing terror case
Ukraine’s government has promised its full support to British lawyers who are accusing mercenary company the Wagner Group of terrorism in a legal case in the UK.
At a press conference from Kyiv, MP Fedir Venislavsky promised the Ukrainian parliament would provide “all necessary information”, including daily statistics of crimes committed by Russia’s war machine.
We know why they died under what circumstances, when they died, and we will provide all that information to be used in future court proceedings against the terrorist associated with the state of the Russian Federation.
Wagner, a Russian private military contractor group whose chief is close to Vladimir Putin, has been accused of war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine.
Speaking alongside lawyers from McCue Jury & Partners, who are bringing the case against Wagner, Mr Venislavsky said the Ukrainian government had documented every citizen affected by Russia’s war and promised to share this database to help the civil case progress.
Mr Venislavsky—a member of the defence committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament—added: “We know why they died under what circumstances, when they died, and we will provide all that information to be used in future court proceedings against the terrorist associated with the state of [the] Russian Federation.”
The court case, launched in November, would be heard at the High Court in London. Lawyers from McCue Jury & Partners will argue that Wagner and its founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, “engaged in an unlawful means conspiracy to deploy terrorism to facilitate their illegal invasion of Ukraine”.
The case is being brought by a group of Ukrainian victims of Wagner now residing in the UK but it also “symbolically represents” all Ukrainians who have “suffered loss as a result of the war”—including the 100,000+ Ukrainians who evacuated to Britain.
Read more: inews