In connection with Ukrainian troops' criminal actions in Donbass, the Investigative Committee of Russia initiated two more criminal cases on a possible crime under Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (ill-treatment of civilians, use of means and methods prohibited by an international treaty of the Russian Federation in an armed conflict).
According to the investigators, during the period of March 18-19, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other Ukrainian military formations carried out massive targeted artillery and mortar attacks using heavy highly-destructive weapons against civilian infrastructure facilities that are not military targets in the cities of Pervomaisk, Stakhanov, Svatovo, and Kirovsk of the Lugansk People's Republic. As a result of shell hits and explosions in Stakhanov and Svatovo, 6 civilians were killed, including one minor. Two more people were injured.
During this period, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other Ukrainian military formations carried out massive precise artillery and mortar attacks against civilian infrastructure facilities in the cities of Donetsk, Makeyevka, Novoazovsk, Yasinovataya, Volnovakha, and Mariupol of the Donetsk People's Republic. As a result, five civilians were killed, 28 more were injured – there were three minors among them.
Civil infrastructure facilities, including power lines and a gas pipeline, were also damaged.
The IC of Russia continues to identify Ukrainian military officials involved in these crimes against the peace and security of mankind.