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Criminal case over death of civilians in shelling in Donetsk opened in Russia

November 27, 2014, 22:35 UTC+3
Another criminal case had been opened over an attack on a woman journalist from Russia’s LifeNews television channel, Yevgenia Zmanovskaya, that had taken place in Kiev
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MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Not a single war crime in Donbass has been properly evaluated by Kiev, the spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said in the context of new criminal cases initiated over the deaths of civilians in Donetsk shelling and an attack on Russian female reporter in Kiev.

“Judging by the fact that no one of the crimes like these has been properly evaluated by official Kiev, a new self-identity of the Ukrainian society has been bringing up based on these examples,” Markin said.

“However, from the point of view of an ordinary person, it reminds of a collective image of an aggressive impotent - they seem to want something but cannot do it,” he said. “So their rage spills over onto helpless women and children.”

Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on Thursday over the deaths of civilians in artillery shelling in Donetsk.

“The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on charges of killing two or more persons and the use of prohibited means and methods of war over the artillery shelling of a hospital and two residential houses in Donetsk that killed a woman and a twelve-year-old child,” Markin said.

The investigators say that on November 27 at about 13.00 Moscow Time “unidentified persons from Ukraine’s National Guards and Armed Forces shelled Donetsk’s hospital 23 as well as two residential houses.”

The fire was opened “with a presumed aim to kill an ethnic group of Russian speakers who live in the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.”

Thus, provisions of a number of international conventions were grossly violated, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the September ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, Markin said.

He said that another criminal case had been opened - over an attack on a female reporter working for Russia’s LifeNews television channel, Yevgenia Zmanovskaya, that had taken place in Kiev on Wednesday.

Investigators say she was attacked in the evening on November 26 by Ukrainian journalists and football fans. She was taken to hospital on Thursday with a head injury.

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