Russia’s investigative Committee has charged in absentia charges against two current officers of the army of Ukraine of involvement in the massive artillery shelling of the border areas of Russia in the Rostov region in June-August 2014, reported on the website of the Ministry.

This is the commander of 72-th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed forces of Ukraine Andriy Gryshchenko, who currently holds the position of commander of the operational command “South” of land forces of this country, and the commander of the 27th artillery regiment of the Ukrainian armed forces Colonel Valery Ismailov. They are in absentia accused under articles 105 and 317 (murder, attempted murder, infringement of life of law enforcement officers) of the criminal code, the report said.

According to the UK, as a result of these attacks from self-propelled artillery and jet systems of volley fire, many injured, and an elderly resident of the city of Donetsk, the Rostov region, was fatally wounded on the territory of the household. In Department believe that the attacks were carried out deliberately, and emphasize that in the affected area were not fighting and there were only civilian targets.

In one case from the Ukrainian territory fired mortars at a group of investigators of the TFR to explore the place of fire in the Rostov region, according to a press release.

Earlier Grishchenko was named SK including in absentia, accused of organizing the use of prohibited means and methods of conducting war (article 356 of the criminal code). According to the Russian investigation, June 4, 2015 led by Grishchenko unit fired from jet systems of volley fire “Hail” the settlement of Telmanovo, killing a boy of five.

Then the IC in absentia charged under article 356 of the two Ukrainian colonels, the commanders of 92 and 72 separate mechanized brigades Viktor Nicoloso and Andrei Sokolov, who according to the investigation, were aimed artillery shelling of residential houses in the city of Makeyevka in Donetsk region of Ukraine, which led to the deaths of two civilians and wounding five, including a child.

A similar accusation is in absentia brought to the commander of the 44 separate artillery brigade armed forces of Ukraine, Colonel Oleg Lisovoy, which, according to the RF IC, may 26, 2016, along with his subordinates was shot shelling of civilian infrastructure in Gorlovka, which caused the death of three people including a minor girl.

In early September, TFR opened a criminal case against the head of the defense Ministry of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, chief-of-staff Viktor Muzhenko and other former and active military officials for the shelling of Donbass – “the genocide of a national group of Russian-speaking individuals, including minors, residing in the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic”, reported in the UK. Previously Poltorak and Muzhenko become involved in a criminal case under article 356 of the criminal code.

In October and November SKR have declared criminal cases and in absentia indictments against a number of unit commanders.



SK has accused two Ukrainian military leaders to organize a massive shelling of civilian targets in Russia 06.12.2016

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