Two More UAF Commanders Involved in the Shelling of Civilians in Donbass Have Been Identified

NEW – June 10, 2022

The Investigative Committee of Russia has initiated three criminal cases on the grounds of a crime under Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (ill-treatment of the civilian population, the use of prohibited means and methods in an armed conflict), in relation to the company commander of military unit A-2802 of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant Oleg Tkachenko and the Chief of Staff/First Deputy commander of the 30th Separate Mechanised Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Nikolay Perestupnyak, as well as other military personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, previously brought to criminal responsibility.

Among them are servicemen of the 24th Separate Mechanised Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Evgeny Kurash, Sergey Pachalsky, Roman Mamavko, Nikolay Yanchy, 25 Separate Parachute-landing Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Andrey Kachanov, Roman Zabrodsky, Andrey Tkachuk, Dmitry Chernichenko, Emil Ishkulov, Vladimir Kapitula, 30th Separate Mechanised Brigade of the Ukraine Armed Forces Aleksandr Zinevich, 56 Separate Motorised Infantry Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Dmitry Dovbiy, Sergey Sirchenko, Dmitry Gerasimenko, Vyacheslav Bugaichuk, Aleksandr Bondarenko, Miroslav Verkhovoy, Artyom Puchkov, Gennady Boyko.

It has been established that the positions of a military unit under the command of Tkachenko were located on the territory of the city of Mariupol of the Donetsk People’s Republic for a long time. In violation of the requirements of the Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Time of War (Geneva, 12.08.1949) and its Protocol prohibiting attacking unprotected towns and villages, as well as encroaching on the life and physical integrity of persons who do not directly take part in hostilities, from February 29 to March 28, 2022, Tkachenko repeatedly gave subordinate servicemen orders to kill local residents detained for document verification. To date, the investigation has data according to which at least 25 civilians were killed in this way. Despite the fact that the occupied positions were located within the city limits, Tkachenko ordered to mine the path along which people were moving by establishing a “tripwire”. Some time later, a local resident was blown up on it, who died on the spot from his injuries. The Ukrainian serviceman who installed this “tripwire” was killed during further hostilities. The investigation established witnesses in this criminal case, who confirmed their testimony at the scene.

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In addition, according to the investigation, in the period from June 7 to June 9, 2022, Perestupnyak, as well as Kurash, Podvalsky, Mamavko, Yanchy, Kachanov, Zabrodsky, Tkachuk, Chernichenko, Ishkulov, Kapitula, Zinevich, Dovbiy, Sirchenko, Gerasimenko, Bugaychuk, Bondarenko, Verkhovoy, Puchkov and Boyko gave and performed criminal orders on targeted artillery attacks from heavy weapons on civilian infrastructure facilities in the cities of Donetsk, Debaltsevo, Svetlodarsk, Gorlovka, Makeevka, Yasinovataya and the settlements of Gagarin, Stepnoye, Pavlovka, Luganskoye, Krasny Partizan, Yakovlevka, Greko-Aleksandrovka, Olginka and Golmovsky of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as in the cities of Pervomaisk, Kremennaya and the settlements of Borovenki, Varvarovka, Novoazovka and Mironovka Druzhba of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

As a result of the shelling, four civilians were killed, 31 people, including 1 minor, were injured, 97 houses and civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged, including the buildings of two kindergartens and a school.

Four civilians who were injured as a result of artillery shelling in May and June 2022 applied to hospitals of the Lugansk People’s Republic for medical help.

The Russian Investigative Committee continues to identify units of Ukrainian armed formations and specific individuals from their composition involved to the shelling of civilians.

Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation

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