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The Ukrainian investigation was opened on Monday shortly after the Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case into genocide of the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine.
“The inadequate defensive reaction of a group of individuals hidden behind the sign of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office forces us to study the issue of their role in covering up the facts of the genocide of the Russian-speaking population,” the committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
Russian investigators have found that since early April unidentified persons from the top political and military leadership of Ukraine have given orders to kill solely Russian-speaking citizens living in the Luhansk and Donetsk republics, seeking independence.
The Russian Investigative Committee said this comes in violation of the Convention of 1948 on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and other international legal acts condemning genocide.
Investigators established that the Russian-speaking citizens were killed with the use of the Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems, aviation unguided rockets with cluster warheads, Tochka-U tactical missiles and other types of heavy offensive armaments of indiscriminate effect.At least 2,500 people have been killed as a result of these actions, Markin said. In addition, over 500 homes, facilities of communal services and vital services, hospitals, childcare and educational facilities were destroyed and damaged, and over 300,000 people fearing for their life and health had to flee their homes and seek refuge in Russia.
In an apparent tit-for-tat move, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has accused officials of the Russian Investigative Committee of allegedly aiding terrorist organizations and interfering in the work of Ukrainian law enforcers.
In particular, Kiev condemns Russia’s effort to investigate the case of Ukrainian woman pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, currently facing trial in Russia on charges of complicity in the death of Russian journalists in Ukraine.