Russia Launched an Investigation After Four Children Were Blown up by a Mine in Donbass

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Investigative Committee of Russia continues to specify the facts of criminal acts committed by Ukrainian military personnel against civilians in the southeast of Ukraine. Over the past few weeks we see that the Ukrainian Armed Forces doesn’t limit itself to shelling any more, and thus use other, more sophisticated ways of inflicting injuries and murdering civilians.

According to the investigation, representatives of the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine, executing the obviously criminal orders of higher officials, decided to plant explosive mine engineering obstacles on the territory of objects of civil infrastructure controlled to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic that aren’t used for military purposes. The purpose of such crimes is to harm and intimidate the civilian population. Implementing this criminal plan, the employees of the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine mined the territory near the Mayorsk entrance/exit checkpoint near the city of Gorlovka. On September 30th, 2018 four minors walked into this area. As a result of an ammunition detonation, three of them died, and one was wounded.

Three days before – on September 27th, objects of civil infrastructure in the city of Yasinovataya was shelled by heavy types of weapons. As a result a civilian who isn’t involved in the armed conflict was wounded.

Thus, the Ukrainian Armed Forces once again violated the protocol on ending the usage of weapons in the southeast of Ukraine and its Memorandum, the provisions of the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and its additional protocol II, and the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects and its additional protocol II.

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Based on these specified facts the Investigative Committee of Russia has initiated criminal cases upon essential elements of an offence stipulated by part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (application of forbidden means and methods of warfare). The investigation identifies specific officials involved in mining the territory near civil objects and also those who gave obviously criminal orders.

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