On 8 September 2015, during the official visit to the
Kingdom of the Netherlands, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo
Klimkin handed over to the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
the Declaration of Ukraine accepting the jurisdiction of the Court over crimes
against humanity and war crimes.
By this Declaration, Ukraine accepts the jurisdiction of the
Court with respect to all crimes committed in the territory of Ukraine since
the beginning of the military aggression of the Russian Federation against our
country. This Declaration is made for an indefinite duration. The ICC will be
able to exercise its jurisdiction over these crimes regardless of the
nationality of persons who have committed them, even if they are citizens of
the third states.
The ICC is a permanent independent and impartial
international institution that exercises the jurisdiction over the most serious
international crimes of a widespread or systematic nature.
The ICC examines the situation referred to it, analyzes all
circumstances and facts regarding the alleged crimes in terms of their
compliance with legal criteria of the Rome Statute and, on this basis, may
decide to initiate its own investigation.
Having recognized the jurisdiction of the ICC, Ukraine also
undertook to cooperate with the Court without any delay or exception in
accordance with Part IX of the Rome Statute, in particular with respect to
examination of the situation referred to it, further possible investigation of
crimes falling under its jurisdiction and prosecution of these crimes.