Ukraine to reinstate up to 14 military courts, their jurisdiction to embrace pardoning of Donbas war participants

Soldiers prepare ammunition before carrieng them to the positions closer to the frontline near Luhanske, Donetsk Region on July 31.

Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

A bill on reinstating military courts in Ukraine envisions the establishment of up to 14 garrison courts, a military appeals court, and a military chamber, Justice Col. Yuriy Bobrov of the legal support directorate at the Ukrainian armed forces general staff said.

“A bill on reinstating military courts has already been drawn up. It envisions the establishment of about 12-14 garrison courts, a military appeals court, and a military chamber. It is also planned in the future to transfer the cases on pardoning members of illegal armed groups to the jurisdiction of military courts,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry quoted Bobrov as saying.

Military courts act efficiently in more than 40 countries, including 12 European countries, it said.

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