Krieg in der Ukraine

„Eigentlich bin ich Anwalt – nun schütze ich die Freiheit mit der Waffe in der Hand“

Vor zwei Wochen haben sie noch Verträge ausgehandelt oder Mandanten vor Gericht vertreten. Nun sind sie auf der Flucht oder verteidigen ihr Land gegen die russischen Angriffe. JUVE hat zwei ukrainische Anwälte und eine Anwältin gebeten, ihre momentane Lage zu schildern.

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Serhiy Ihnatovskyi ist Anwalt in Kiew. Bis vor zwei Wochen hat er im Gesellschaftsrecht beraten. Heute bewacht er mit einem Maschinengewehr ein Krankenhaus. Foto: privat

Serhiy Ihnatovskyi, Counsel bei LCF Law und Spezialist für Gesellschaftsrecht und Restrukturierung

„Right now, I stand at my post and protect one of the hospitals in Kyiv. I can see a lot of brave people around me. Although they are tired of hiding from shelling every night, everybody is concentrated and encouraged to protect the city till the end, till the victory.

A lot of volunteers like me have taken the guns in their hands, others turned into volunteers helping to deliver military supplies and humanitarian aid. All the nation donates their savings for the army and everybody tries to do what they can for the army.

We need a lot of military, political and economic support to defend Ukraine. We have a lot of brave people encouraged to defend their country. But they cannot fight with their bare hands. The most important are anti-tank weapons and air defence systems. Fuel and individual protection equipment (vests, helmets, ballistic glasses etc.) are also critical. And medication of course. In addition, all Russian banks shall be disconnected from Swift, and the export of high-tech components shall be restricted.“


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Olena Perepelynska, Partnerin und Head of International Arbitration der ukrainischen Kanzlei Integrites und Präsidentin der Ukrainian Arbitration Association

Olena Perepelynska

„During the first days of the war I woke up around 5 am because of explosions. My house is in a small city near Kyiv, which became one of the hot places these days: multiple air attacks and fights for a local airdrome, explosion and fire of oil tank, shelling many civilian objects … My house does not have an appropriate shelter and is far from the city shelters, so after several days we decided to flee with a couple of neighbours, as it was safer to move together in several cars. I do not have immediate plans to go abroad, but it all depends on the situation. I am with my family now. My brother lives in Kharkiv, which has been heavily bombed by Russia all these days, and only today he has managed to flee with his family. And it is not for the first time, as in 2014 he had to flee from Donbass with his newborn daughter and wife. My native town has been occupied for almost 8 years, and my closest relatives had to leave their homes and start building their lives from scratch. And now it happens again and it is very painful.

I hope that the international community helps us to close the sky over Ukraine to save the lives of our civilians and to avoid damaging the nuclear power plants and other similar objects in Ukraine.  Russian troops have taken the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and have attacked Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – the largest one in Europe. The radiation does not know borders and now the whole of Europe is in danger. So, we ask to lobby for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.“

Ivan Bondarchuk, Leiter der Energierechtspraxis von LCF Law

Ivan Bondarchuk

„Together with colleagues from the Ukrainian Bar Association we are assisting the Government in documenting atrocities committed against Ukraine’s civilian population, in hopes of holding Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military accountable for atrocities. Every day the attack is supported by massive missile fire and rocket launchers. While talking about ‚a special operation aimed for demilitarization of the country‘, Russian troops, in fact, destroy Ukrainian cities and villages, schools and houses with the sole political purpose to install control over the Ukrainian state and people. I also work with the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy to integrate the Ukrainian and European electricity markets after interconnection with the entso-e (European Network of Transmission System Operators) to ensure continued energy security and stability.“

JUVE hat mit den ukrainischen Juristen und der Juristin nicht selbst gesprochen.  Georg Scherpf aus dem Hamburger Büro von Clyde & Co. hat uns die Gesprächspartner vermittelt. Wir haben einen Katalog mit Fragen geschickt, die per Mail oder Videobotschaft beantwortet wurden, beispielsweise wie sie die vergangenen Tage erlebt haben, was sie gerade tun und was am meisten benötigt wird. Einige Antworten haben wir ausgewählt und hier veröffentlicht.

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