MOSCOW, May 6. /TASS/. Moscow continues search for evidence and efforts to identify those who are guilty of crimes against Russian troops and the civilians of Donbass, Alexey Zaitsev, deputy director of the information and press department at the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
The diplomat said at a news conference that Ukrainian nationalists and foreign mercenaries "are waging a war on the civilian population of Ukraine and the Donbass republics."
"Indiscriminate shelling of the settlements of the DPR and LPR (the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics - TASS) is carried out every day, while military equipment is placed in residential areas and firing positions are set up in hospitals, schools and kindergartens," Zaitsev said. "All these are war crimes that cause casualties among innocent civilians."
He said the government in Kiev continues to block the evacuation of citizens to Russia while territorial defense militants, together with the agents of the Security Service of Ukraine, conduct "raids to identify local residents with pro-Russian views and that disapprove of the Russian government" in Kharkov and other cities. He said these people are detained and taken away to an undisclosed location.
"The Investigative Committee of Russia has already opened 776 cases to look into crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces against the civilian population of Donbass and Russian military personnel," the diplomat said. "Work to find evidence and identify those responsible continues."