Another probe launched into shelling of civilians by Ukrainian servicemen

The Investigative Committee of Russia continues to document the facts of criminal actions by Ukrainian soldiers committed against the civilian population of South-East Ukraine.

According to the investigation, on September 17, 2021, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made a targeted fire from 120 mm mortars of civilian infrastructure and residential buildings, which were not military targets, on Vasylchenko Street and Kolhozny Avenue in the Kuybyshevsky district of Donetsk. As a result, three civilians - men aged 20, 34 and 58 - were wounded.

According to the investigation, by shelling a populated area, Ukrainian soldiers intended to kill or seriously injure an unlimited number of civilians living in southeastern Ukraine and not participating in
 the armed conflict. The Ukrainian military officers had violated Protocol on cease-fire in southeast of Ukraine and Memorandum to it, as well as provisions of the Convention on Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War and Additional Protocol II to it.

Upon this fact a probe was launched into an offence under Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of Russia (use in a military conflict of means and methods of warfare, banned by an international treaty of the Russian Federation).

All circumstances of the incidents are being established and Ukrainian servicemen involved in the offences identified.