Prosecutor General's Office found facts of militants’ perfidy in Donetsk airport explosion

Source : 112 Ukraine

This information was added to the Unified Register with qualification for violation of the laws and customs of war
15:05, 24 January 2020

Office of the Prosecutor General
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The Office of the Prosecutor General established the facts of militants’ perfidy when blowing up the building of Donetsk airport in January 2015. This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office.

“The Office of the Prosecutor General entered into the Unified Register information about another crime against Ukrainian military servicemen during the defense of the Donetsk airport - violation of the laws and customs of war involving intentional murder,” the statement said.

It is noted that prosecutors additionally analyzed criminal cases of Security Service on the facts of a gross violation of international humanitarian law by members of illegal armed groups of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

It was established that there was evidence of perfidy in the actions of the militants and their leaders, which was expressly prohibited by Article 37 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine's soldiers held their positions in Donetsk airport for 242 consecutive days in 2014 and 2015, outgunned and outnumbered. The enemy landed strikes from multiple missile launchers, tanks and mortars. heavy sniper fire was observed, too. Stunned by their fortitude, the hostile fighters called them "the cyborgs".

Related: Assault on Donetsk airport defender Dmytro Verbych: Attackers detained

About 200 Ukrainian soldiers deceased in that battle; some 500 more were wounded in action. On January 21, 2015, a decision was made to withdraw Ukrainian servicemen from the new terminal of the airport, since this facility was completely destroyed and was not suitable for defense.

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