Russia’s Investigation Committee opens three new cases over shelling in Donbass

15.08.2017, Russia.

The Investigation Committee of Russia opened three new criminal cases to investigate incidents of shelling against civilians in Donbass, an IC spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko reported on August 14.

The cases were opened according to the article of “the use of prohibited means of warfare” of the Russian Criminal Code. According to the Committee, on July 28th, August 3rd, and 4th, Kiev’s military shelled civilian infrastructure using heavy weapons.

The shelling targeted the village of Staromikhailovka (Donetsk region), the city of Pervomayskoye (Lugansk region), and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The investigators seek to identify the Ukrainian military command staff involved in these crimes.

Back in late July, an ICR spokeswoman said that the case files on the genocide against the Donbass population had filled two rooms. Investigators are working on high-profile crimes committed by the Ukrainian army in Donbass, and they are collecting materials from various sources, including evidence given by civilians who fled from Ukrainian territory.

In total, 150 cases are under investigation. 108 persons, including 54 Ukrainian army command staff, are to be brought to justice under the investigation. However, according to the ICR, this figure is not final.

The Investigation Committee is confident that the criminals will receive fair punishment sooner or later. In 2014, a coup d’état occurred in Ukraine, after which Donetsk and Lugansk regions claimed independence and reorganized into the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic.

In response, the Kiev authorities announced an “Anti-Terrorist Operation” (ATO), and today they continue an economic blockade, military attacks, and other unlawful measures against the self-proclaimed republics.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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