I was particularly impressed by the visit to the village of Zaitseve. You know, there’s a war going on there. And there is a war not against the Russian Army, but against the children and civilians of this village. There are 1,200 people in the village of Zaitsevo now. And there are 200 children among them. And just 300 meters to the front line. And with me visiting it, the shelling occurred there. There were shelling on civilians. And we did not see any soldiers or Russian tanks, which are being reported about always and everywhere by Ukraine.
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.
The statement was made in the NTV studio by a German local politician who visited Ukrainian territories of Donbas controlled by separatists supported by Russia. As a leader of the NGO ‘Volksdiplomatie’ (‘People's Diplomacy’), Andreas Maurer is advocating the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and calling for the abolition of sanctions imposed by the EU.
In attempt to prove the report, Mr Maurer demonstrated photos of an unknown deserted ruins in the countryside (time-code 1:05:17) that caused strong criticism from a Ukrainian political analyst, who demanded substantive evidence and who was subsequently attacked by the show host (time-code 1:07:00).