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Over 15 suspects in civilians' murders in eastern Ukraine — Investigative Committee

July 11, 2014, 18:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Commander of the Donetsk air defense missile regiment colonel Malamen is suspected of killing Channel One cameraman Anatoly Klyan
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Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin

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MOSCOW, July 11. /ITAR-TASS/. There are more than 15 suspects — officers of Ukraine’s armed forces — in the case of bombings and murders of civilians in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Investigative Committee said Friday.

“In particular, commander of the Donetsk air defense missile regiment colonel Malamen, who, according to the investigators, personally ordered to shoot to kill civilians, is suspected of killing Channel One cameraman Anatoly Klyan,” Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told ITAR-TASS.

The tragedy occurred near military unit 1428, where a TV filming crew came to make a report. Anatoly Klyan was among other journalists on a bus with mothers of military conscripts going to a pro-Kiev military unit to demand the off-duty release of their sons, when the vehicle came under gunfire.

A criminal case was launched into the murder of Russia’s television cameraman on charges of warfare methods abuse and intended murder of a person carrying out professional duty. The case will be summed up with earlier opened criminal cases in regard to the Ukrainian authorities’ actions during the ongoing military conflict in the country.

Klyan’s murder is another in a chain of lethal attacks on journalists in the ongoing combat operation, which Ukrainian authorities are conducting in southeast Ukraine. Two correspondents from Russian central television and radio broadcasting company VGTRK, special correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin, were killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on June 17.

They came under mortar fire near a roadblock of militia as they were filming a TV report about people’s militias helping to evacuate refugees from the combat zone. Journalists bore clearly visible media insignia at the moment of the attack. According to eyewitnesses, a mortar shell exploded near the Russian filming crew. Sound engineer Voloshin died at the scene and Kornelyuk died later at a local hospital.

On May 24, Italian photo correspondent Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov were killed in mortar fire near the city of Sloviansk.

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