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 Investigative Committee of Russian Federation Requests the Arrest of Five Ukrainian Officers and Pins the use of Phosphorus Weapons on Them

Следственный комитет РФ подал ходатайство об аресте пяти украинских военнослужащих из 72-й бригады, которые были вынуждены отступить на территорию России.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation filed a petition for the arrest of five Ukrainian troops from the 72nd Brigade, who were forced to retreat to the territory of Russia.

This was stated by the head of the corresponding department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Ukrainian Pravda reports.

"The investigators file a petition to the court in respect of the detention of five suspects today," said in a statement.

"The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation questioned as witnesses more than 400 Ukrainian troops and border guards who crossed the border of the Russian Federation on August 3, 2014 within the framework of a criminal investigation of the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare (part 1 of the Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

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"Investigators also conducted a set of operational investigative measures aimed at establishing the involvement of military personnel in crimes against civilians in the territory of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions," the report says.

"The commander of the first battalion of 72nd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ivan Voitenko and his subordinates: deputy commander Vitalii Dubiniak, commander of a tank battalion Oleksander Poliakov, chief of staff Oleksander Ohrimenko and commander of the first squadron Dmytro Ustilko are detained as suspects on the basis of collected information," the report says.

The Investigative Committee states that "the detainees recognize the fact of participation in hostilities and the use of different types of weapons in their testimonies. However, they deny that they used these weapons against civilians."

At the same time the Investigative Committee states that "the investigators have evidence that it was the 72nd brigade which used heavy offensive weapons with indiscriminate effect during the shelling of Chervonopartyzansk and Krasnodon towns in the Luhansk region from July 19 to August 3 under commander Voytenko's order. The shelling wounded and killed at least 10 civilians and destroyed at least 20 houses and objects of social infrastructure."

"These data is also confirmed by the testimonys of other Ukrainian servicemen serving in this brigade who moved to the territory of the Russian Federation," the report says.

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"Taking in consideration that the weapons in possession of the 72nd Brigade are similar to the types that can be used also for shelling with the incendiary ammunition filled with H-17 (the so-called "phosphorus" charges), the investigators checked the involvement of the detainees to the use of these munitions banned by international legal acts. They also checked the involvement of the arrested servicemen in the shelling of the Russian territory," said in a statement.

 
 
 
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