Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office filed charges against Russian army general who ordered to shell Avdiivka, Donetsk region in February 2017. The Prosecutor General’s Office press department reported this on Friday morning.
The authority stressed that at least two Ukrainian army soldiers and one civilian perished due to actions of the Russian army in this area back then. Prosecutor General’s Office added that the officer had charges against him filed within the investigation of crimes, committed by the Russian military and Kremlin-backed mercenaries in Donbas.
The Russian general is charged with committing a terrorist act, which led to casualties, waging aggressive war and violating methods of leading military actions. ‘The official, who back then served as a high-ranked officer of terrorist organization ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ ordered to commence an artillery attack on Avdiivka town, Donetsk region; the order was given on February 1, 2017. At least two Ukrainian army soldiers and one civilian perished, and twelve more were wounded; 56 infrastructure objects were destroyed during the attacks,’ the message said.
Under the Ukrainian law, the Russian officer could face the life sentence in prison, if the court chooses maximum penalty for him.
The situation in Avdiivka drastically worsened in late January 2017; back then, Russia-backed mercenaries and regular army units launched a number of powerful strikes on the city, severely damaging its infrastructure – specifically, power lines and water supply system. Multiple mines and missiles hit living quarters of Avdiivka; later, engineers found and disarmed dozens of landmines near the power lines.