Best defence is offence: Russia launches criminal investigation against Ukraine's military leadership

14:37 Aug. 24, 2016

Russia launches criminal investigation against Ukraine's military leadership

Ukraine’s Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak and Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko (UNIAN photo)

Ukrainian top brass accused of using prohibited means of warfare

Russia's Investigative Committee announced on Wednesday it has opened a criminal case against Ukraine's top military commanders, including the Defence Minister and the General Staff chief.

Russian investigators accuse Ukrainian military leadership of "using prohibited means and methods of warfare, namely shelling objects if civilian infrastructure and violating the ceasefire regime in eastern Ukraine."

Criminal charges have been filed against Ukraine's Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, National Guard Commander Yuriy Allerov, Ground Forces Commander Sergiy Popko, and former Ground Forces Commander Anatoly Pushnyakov.

The move comes after Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has put on the wanted list Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, adviser to the president of Russia Sergey Glazyev and other 16 high-ranking officials.

Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has also published evidence of Russian authorities' involvement in the infringement of Ukraine's territorial integrity and the war of aggression against the country.


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