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Russia’s Investigative Committee launches probe after deadly shellings in Donbas

March 26, 2015, 10:40 UTC+3

The shellings occurred on the territory of the Donetsk region

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MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case after the Kiev forces carried out deadly shellings of Ukraine’s south-east in violation of the Minsk agreements, official spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Thursday.

As the result of the artillery shellings in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s republic on March 19 and March 22 two teenagers died and another one was wounded, according to the investigation.

The criminal case has been opened into killing with the use of "banned means and methods of warfare," Markin said.

The investigators say that unknown members of Ukrainian troops and the National Guard "acting on the motives of political and ideological hatred and hostility" organized the use by military units under their control of heavy types of offensive weapons with indiscriminate effect.

On March 19, an artillery shell hit an area close to a house in the Grozny village of Uglegorsk. Two 14-year-old teenagers received various wounds. One of them died on the spot while the other was hospitalized.

On March 22, another artillery shell hit an area between the streets of the Kazakhiy village of Yenakiyevo. As a result, a 15-year-old teenager received a mine-blast trauma and died in hospital on the same day.

The Ukrainian military acted in violation of the set of measures on implementing the Minsk agreements under which the sides decided to withdraw all the types of heavy weaponry to create a security zone and declare immediate and comprehensive ceasefire on February 15, Markin said.

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