MOSCOW, March 13./TASS/. The Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases over the unceasing shelling of Donbass settlements. Over 40 episodes in which Ukrainian armed units shelled settlements and civilian infrastructure facilities of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics were reported in the past 24 hours, the committee’s press service reported.
"Two criminal cases were opened under Article 356 of the Russian Criminal Code (Inhuman treatment of the civilian population, the use in an armed conflict of means and methods prohibited by the international treaty of the Russian Federation)," it said.
The Investigative Committee stressed that casualties among the civilian population are reported as a result of shelling of Donetsk, Gorlovka, Dokuchayevsk, Makeyevka and Volnovakha in the DPR, as well as Pervomaisk, Stakhanov and Irmino in the LPR. Fifteen civilians were injured in the shelling. As many as 74 residential and administrative buildings, a mosque, a book market in Donetsk, and a school in Stakhanov were destroyed or damaged. Over 2,700 households were left without electricity and heating.