Russian Investigative Committee reopened the criminal case against the Ukrainian military officers; this time in the list of six commanders there is a Hero of Ukraine Sergey Shaptala who led the 128th Brigade of Zakarpattia out of the entrapment in Debaltseve. The names of the new "accused" are published on the official website of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
“They carried out aimed shelling from heavy weapons on civilian infrastructure objects that are not military targets in the populated areas of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. As a result of these attacks two people were killed, 20 received various injuries, more than 100 residential houses and other facilities were destroyed and damaged,“the statement said.
There are Commander of the 53 separate mechanized brigade, Colonel Oleksandr Hruzevych, Commander of the 58 separate motorized infantry brigade Lt. Colonel Myhailo Drapaty, Commander of the 128 separate mountain infantry brigade, Colonel Sergiy Shaptala, Commander of 40th hotel artillery brigade Colonel Sergei Panchenko, Commander of the 56 separate mechanized brigade, Colonel Sergiy Perets, Commander of 36 separate marine brigade of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Colonel Dmitry Delyatytsky in the new list.
Also the Investigative Committee indicted Commander of the 54 separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Lt. Colonel Volodymyr Gorbatyuk. According to the Committee, Gorbatyuk was directing shelling of Petrovsky district of Donetsk city, in which a local resident got shrapnel wounds.
The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Part. 1, Article 356 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation (the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare).
Also the Investigative Committee explained why they were investigating the events in Ukraine:
“The Investigative Committee is investigating these crimes, as guided by international law and Russian legislation that allows instituting criminal proceedings foreign citizens who have committed crimes outside the country, if they were not punished for it”.
Earlier it was reported that Putin recognized Ukrainian deserters’ education, qualifications, titles. The decree applies to Russian citizens on contract service in Russian Armed Forces from March 18, 2014 to January 2, 2015.