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    The European Court of Human Rights accepted 551 complaints from southeastern Ukraine's residents on the abuse of their rights during military operations.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg will review more than 550 complaints from residents of eastern Ukraine on the violations of their rights during military operations, a spokesman from Russia’s Investigative Committee said Wednesday.

    “The ECHR has accepted 551 complaints from residents from southeastern Ukraine on the violation of their rights,” Pyotr Litvishko told journalists.

    Ukraine's southeast has been engulfed in a conflict since April 2014, when Kiev launched a military operation to suppress independence supporters in the Donbass region.

    Over 9,000 people have died since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to the United Nations.

    In late January, ECHR President Guido Raimondi said Ukraine, among all countries, had the most pending applications at the Strasbourg court, with almost 14,000.

    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
    human rights abuse, Ukrainian crisis, European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Russian Investigative Committee, Donbass, Ukraine
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