Ukraine and Russia: Court rejects complaints against shelling of Donetsk and Lugansk region homes

Human rights judges have rejected complainst against Ukraine and Ruissia concerning the shelling of homes arising from the outbreak of hostilities in eastern Ukraine.

They declared the challenges inadmissible due to lack of evidence.

In its 28 July decision in the case of Lisnyy and Others v. Ukraine and Russia (application nos. 5355/15, 44913/15 and 50853/15) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the applications inadmissible. The decision is final.

The case essentially concerned three Ukrainian nationals’ complaints about the shelling of their homes during the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine from the beginning of April 2014 onwards.

The court found in particular that the applicants, having essentially only submitted their passports as evidence, had not sufficiently substantiated their complaints. It reiterated that, generally, if an applicant did not produce any evidence in support of their cases, such as titles to property or of residence, his or her complaints were bound to fail.

In addition to three inter-State applications, approximately 3,000 individual cases related to the events in Crimea or the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine are currently pending before the court.

These cases will not be put on hold and will continue to be processed on a case by case basis.

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