On July 9, the Investigator of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine sent a repeated request to the President’s Office to refute or confirm the public statements of Volodymyr Zelensky’s spokeswoman Iuliia Mendel about the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine officers allow the firing of civilian objects in eastern Ukraine.
As the GPO says, the repeated request is a response to the response of the President’s Office.
The department reminded that earlier during the interrogation, Iuliia Mendel “refused to provide testimony and indicate the source of information she had announced.”
On July 6, the Office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky returned without consideration the petition sent to them by the GPO concerning statements of the press secretary of the head of state Iuliia Mendel.
The investigators wanted to find out what the Zelensky spokeswoman meant when she said that “Ukrainian military, responding to the provocations of terrorist groups, are shelling civilian objects.”
The GPO has not ruled out that such information “is likely to be filed by Russian representatives to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court as evidence that violations of the laws and customs of the war were allegedly violated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces”.
On July 1 Mendel was summoned for questioning, but in the course of it, she refused to testify, the GPO said. Criminal proceedings were not opened on the statements of the presidential press secretary.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has repeatedly stated the full compliance of the Minsk Military in the Donbas with the Minsk Agreements, as well as the position of the Joint Forces to prohibit the opening of a fire in response if it could harm the civilians.