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 Russian Investigative Committee brought criminal charges against Poltorak, Muzhenko, Balan, and Pushniakov on suspicion of genocide

Russian Investigative Committee brought criminal charges against Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, acting Commander of the National Guard Mykola Balan, and army Component Commander Anatolii Pushniakov on suspicion of genocide and usage of prohibited means and methods of war.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainski Novyny, this was announced by the Committee's press service.

"A criminal case has been launched by the Investigative Committee of Russia against Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, acting Commander of the National Guard Mykola Balan, army Component Commander Anatolii Pushniakov, and other individuals of Ukraine's Armed Forces and the National Guard. They are suspected of committing crimes under part 1 article 356, 357 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (genocide and usage of prohibited means and methods of war)," the message reads.

According to the message, between May 31 and Sept. 1, unidentified persons from the Ukrainian military, executing knowingly criminal orders of Poltorak, Muzhenko, Pushniakov, and Balan aimed at slaughter of an ethnic group of Russian-speaking population dwelling on the territory of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," committed adjusted shelling of civil infrastructure objects, which are not military targets in the republic, from heavy weapons over 122 mm.

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The Committee states that the suspects have violated provisions of the cease-fire stipulated by the Minsk agreements, provisions of the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, еру Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and еру Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Committee states that the above mentioned artillery shelling killed 45 persons, wounded 160 persons, destroyed at least 163 facilities, including residential houses, a court building, and a mine sub-station.

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Besides, the Investigative Committee of Russia has also brought charges against Radical Party faction head in the Verkhovna Rada Oleh Liashko and soldiers of the Azov company of the National Guards on suspicion of a Mariupol resident kidnapping (the Donetsk region). The authority states that Liashko together with Azov fighters had been beating the victim for 24 hours, as well as threatening to kill him demanding information of weapons he could possibly own.

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By bringing these charges, the Committee acted under part 3 article 12 of the Criminal Code of Russia, which allegedly authorizes to charge foreigners who committed crimes outside of Russia if the crime was aimed at a Russian citizen, and in cases if foreign citizens have not been charged in a foreign country and are being charged in Russia.


 
 
 
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