Russian investigators believe top Ukrainian officials to be guilty of war crimes
MOSCOW, October 30 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Investigative Committee has compiled a list of high-ranking Ukrainian officials that are guilty of war crimes, Interfax reports on Friday, citing committee representative Alexander Drymanov.
The list includes Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, former Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Dnipropetrovsk Governor Ihor Kolomoisky and other top political officials in Ukraine.
Drymanov said that these people are suspected of violating the provisions of several Geneva Conventions, including the Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and the additional protocol to the Geneva Conventions relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts.
“They are suspected of committing crimes aimed at the execution of Russian speakers in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics by using indiscriminate weapons, including the Tochka U multiple-launch rocket systems and other types of indiscriminate weapons,” Drymanov said, adding that these data have been confirmed by the International Committee of the Red (ICRC).
“The ICRC has confirmed that over 3,600 peaceful civilians have been killed and over 8,500 have received injuries of various degrees of gravity, and that approximately 2,000 social facilities have been destroyed in these regions. Over 220,000 Russian speakers have fled the southeastern regions of Ukraine and are now living in Russia,” the Investigative Committee representative said.