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 Prosecutor General Lutsenko offers MPs to get security clearance to study Ilovaisk tragedy case files

Yurii Lutsenko offers all lawmakers without exception to get admission to state secrets to be able to get acquainted with case files and expert findings on the Ilovaisk tragedy inquiry.

Prosecutor General of Ukraine said today delivering speech in the parliament, Censor.NET correspondent reports.

He also reminded that the Main Military Prosecutor's Office investigated the criminal case into circumstances and causes of Ilovaisk tragedy that took place in August 2014.

Lutsenko assured that the prosecuting authorities did their best to be "as open and transparent as possible informing the public on the high-profile cases' investigation progress."

Read more: Rada to hear Lutsenko's report on Ilovaisk tragedy investigation tomorrow

"The comprehensive judicial examination is currently in its final stage. It is expected to be completed in early August. The review of documents allowed the experts to determine who and how exactly commanded the troops in this area, who gave the orders and who failed to give vital orders," the prosecutor general said.

Given the significant public outcry, Lutsenko encouraged the lawmakers to get security clearance in order to establish the truth.

As previously reported, in August 2015, Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios said that the August 2014 Ilovaisk tragedy claimed lives of 366 Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcers, while 429 soldiers received injuries of varying severity and 158 more went missing. According to the military prosecutor's office, the Ilovaisk battle saw a 1,000-strong ATO group resisting 16,000 militants and Russian soldiers. As a result, the total cost of destroyed Ukrainian vehicles and armament made some 300 million hryvnia (approx. $12.07 million). Matios believes that the main cause behind the tragedy was a treacherous invasion of Russian troops in the rear of the ATO forces.
 
 
 
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