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Russia opens new ‘criminal cases’ against Ukrainian army servicemen
16:13, 7 April 2017
Russia opens new ‘criminal cases’ against Ukrainian army servicemen

Russia’s Investigation Committee 'charge’ Ukraine’s Armed Forces with ‘attacking civilian infrastructure’ in the occupied areas of Donbas

16:13, 7 April 2017

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The Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation opened a number of new criminal cases, based on the 'attacks on civilians residing in the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine'. The Russian authority charges servicemen of Ukraine’s Armed Forces in a number of attacks that allegedly ‘led do civilian casualties and destruction of the local infrastructure’. The respective message may be found at the Investigation Committee’s website.

Specifically, the Committee mentions ‘artillery attacks’ in Dokuchaivsk, Kominternove and many other inhabited localities in Donetsk region; the foresaid attacks took place from March 29 through April 3. ‘The shelling led to deaths of three civilians; 25 infrastructure objects, including some living houses, were destroyed,’ the message reads.

The Russian side marked that ‘by continuing to attack civilian objects, the Ukrainian army once again breached the Protocol on the ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine, as well as provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention (the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, - 112 International)’.

Since spring 2014, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has been daily reporting numerous attacks by pro-Russian militants and regular Russian troops that temporarily occupied certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. These attacks, which often involve use of artillery and mortars, lead to significant infrastructure damage and casualties among both Ukrainian military and civilians.

According to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, over the period from April 1 till April 5, the hybrid troops launched 250 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, which ‘proves that Russia has been completely ignoring and avoiding its commitments.’       

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