RIGA - In a criminal case being investigated by the Latvian State Security Service (VDD) regarding crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, 25 refugees from Ukraine have been recognized as witnesses, while two Ukrainian citizens have been recognized as victims, LETA has found out.
On March 15, the VDD started a criminal process for war crimes and crimes against humanity and peace in Ukraine committed by the Russian armed forces. The criminal process was started according to three norms of the Criminal Law. The criminal process is being supervised by the Prosecutor's Office.
The VDD told LETA that in the mentioned criminal process, the investigation group led by the VDD has so far heard testimonies from 49 persons about the crimes committed by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.
Of the mentioned persons, 25 refugees have been recognized as direct witnesses of war crimes and crimes against humanity and peace committed by the Russian armed forces.
In the course of the investigation, the VDD has also obtained photo and video materials from the witnesses, which record the crimes of the Russian armed forces, and added them as evidence to the criminal case. Hearings of other possible witnesses are currently ongoing.
Two Ukrainian citizens have been recognized as victims in the criminal proceedings.
VDD did not provide further comments.