The Investigative Committee of Russia launched a number of criminal cases against servicemen of the 30th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mr. Alexander Zinevich, Mr. Nikolai Perestupnyak, the 54th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mr. Alexei Maistrenko, Mr. A. Golenko and 56th separate motorized infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Mr. Sergey Sirchenko, Mr. Dmitry Gerasimenko, Mr. Vyacheslav Bugaichuk, Mr. Alexander Bondarenko, Mr. Miroslav Verkhovy, Mr. Artem Puchkov, Mr. Gennady Boyko and other military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Their actions contain the offenses of crimes prescribed in Part 1, Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (ill-treatment of the civilian persons, use of banned means and methods of warfare).
According to the investigation, between September 7 and September 14, 2022, the mentioned above servicemen gave and executed criminal orders for targeted artillery attacks from heavy weapons on civilian infrastructure in the city of Donetsk, as well as in the settlements of Golmovsky, Gorlovka, Makeevka, Dokuchaevsk, Svetlodarsk, Luhanske, Nikolskoye, Mineralnoye, Novoselovka, Donetsk-Secerny, Staromikhaylovka and Gagarin of the Donetsk People's Republic.
As a result of shelling by Ukrainian armed forces, 8 civilians were killed, more than 20 citizens, including 5 juveniles, were injured. 77 houses and civil infrastructure facilities were damaged, including a kindergarten building in Dokuchaevsk, three children aged 4-5 were injured.
Within the criminal investigation, the Russian Investigative Committee continues to identify members of the Ukrainian armed groups involved in the shelling of civilians, for their subsequent prosecution.