Russian Aggression in Ukraine: Russia charges Ukrainian commanders with shelling civilians in Donbas

12:38 Nov. 8, 2016

Russia charges Ukrainian commanders with shelling civilians in Donbas

Severely damaged buildings are seen in the village of Shyrokyne, near Mariupol, Donetsk region (UNIAN photo)

The servicemen are tried in absentia

Russia's Investigative Committee has charged in absentia two commanders of Ukrainian military units, who are accused of shelling the civilian objects in Ukraine's Donbas region.

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Russian investigators say they have gathered enough evidence "to establish the complicity" of Lieutenant Colonel Vasyl Zubanych,  the commander of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade of the Ukrainian Army, in shelling of Krasnohorivka and Staromykhailivka - the separatist-controlled villages of Donetsk region - on June 15, 2016, which resulted in injuries of two civilians.

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The second defendant is the commander of the 1st battalion of the 14th separate mechanised brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Mikhail Prokopiv, who is accused of directing the artillery attack on Petrivsky and Kyivsky districts of Donetsk city on March 24 and 28 this year, when one civilian was wounded and several houses damaged.

The ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) press centre has so far not commented on the Russia's Investigative Committee statement.

Vasyl Zubanych took an active part in fighting for Luhansk Airport in 2014. Last year he was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title and Golden star medal.


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