6 Nov 2017 19:41

Bastrykin orders inquiry into new war crimes by Ukrainian army in Donbas - Russian Investigative Committee

MOSCOW. Nov 6 (Interfax) - The chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has ordered the Committee's Main Investigative Directorate to open a criminal case over new instances of massive Grad artillery shelling by Ukrainian troops of the civilian population of Donetsk, the agency's spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told Interfax on Monday.

"As a result of these activities by the Ukrainian armed forces, who committed a grave war crime, several children were injured, one of them has died. Civilian infrastructure also came under fire," Petrenko said.

"The Investigative Committee is investigating said crimes, guided both by international law and the Russian laws, which allow foreign citizens, who committed crimes outside our country, to be prosecuted if they have not been punished," Petrenko said.

"The investigation of this crime against civilian population, just like in other instances of shelling of civilians, will establish not only those who obeyed the criminal orders, but also the officials who issued them. Dozens of military servicemen have already been identified and are the subject of criminal inquiries launched earlier. Russian investigators will take all possible measures for them to get the punishment they deserve," the spokeswoman said.