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Russia charges four Ukrainian commanders with shelling Donbass civilians

November 14, 2016, 9:24 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Investigative Committee under the probe into criminal cases on use of prohibited methods of warfare has presented charges in absentia to another four Ukrainian unit commanders.

The Investigative Committee’s spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told TASS the charges were "presented to commanders of the 92nd and 72nd Mechanized Brigades - Colonels Viktor Nikolyuk and Andrei Sokolov, who on October 27, 2016, fulfilled the knowingly criminal orders from higher commanders and officials of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the National Guard by delivering aimed artillery shelling of residential houses in the Kirov district of Makeyevka near Donetsk." In the shelling, two men were killed, five people, including a 6 year-old girl, received injuries of various severity.

Similar charges were presented in absentia to commander of the 44th Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Colonel Oleg Lisovoy. Also, "among the suspects is absentia is Andrei Grishchenko, who earlier was commander of eh 72nd Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and now he is commander of the Yug (South) operational command of the Land Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. On June 4, 2015, the unit under his command shelled from the Grad multiple launch rocket systems the Telmanovo settlement, killing a 5 year-old boy there."

Investigative Committee confirms continuing shelling of Donbass

The Investigative Committee’s representative said aggressive actions of the Ukrainian military in Donbass require attention and decisive actions from law enforcement authorities.

"Practically every day we see civilians die and suffer in the country’s south-east," she said. "At the same time, like it has been for the recent two years, we have to state absolute lack of action from Ukrainian competent authorities."

"This is why in compliance with norms of the international and Russian law, the Investigative Committee continues fixing and investigating into those crimes against peace and security of the humanity," she said. "We are speaking about the genocide and use of prohibited measures of warfare"

She confirmed the Investigative Committee is aware of the names of commanders at the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who had given orders to kill the civilians.

"We all can remember the unprecedented Nuremberg Trials, and, of course, these actions of the Ukrainian military in Ukraine’s south-east should receive legal assessment from similar trials," she said. "Time will show how it will be called in history later on, but now Russian law enforcement authorities continue collecting evidence, which will be used as the trials’ basis."

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