Russia’s Investigative Committee opens new cases to investigate Ukrainian military crimes

12.04.2019, Moscow.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened three criminal cases regarding acts of shelling against the Donetsk People’s Republic territory, the Committee’s press service reported on April 11.

As a result of the acts of shelling DPR territory on April 6 and 8, 2019, three DPR civilians were injured. An investigation has been initiated into the actions that were aimed at the killing of an unrestricted number of civilians based on political and ideological hatred and hostility. The Investigative Committee accuses the Ukrainian military of knowingly carrying out criminal orders aimed at the ill-treatment of the DPR civilian population, and in using prohibited means and methods in the armed conflict.

International law allows investigating the crimes committed by the Ukrainian military. The legal basis for the investigation is provided by the Minsk agreements, the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, and other international regulations.

During the armed conflict in southeastern Ukraine, despite the signed Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian military has systematically performed missile, artillery, and mortar shelling of territories where the people’s republics’ militias were located, which resulted in civilian casualties.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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