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 Probe into Russia's war against Ukraine almost finished, report scheduled for Sept. 7, - Lutsenko

The military prosecutor's office is conducting a pre-trial investigation of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. The case covers the period from February 2014 until now with the number of files exceeding 800.

Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"More than 1,400 victims and more than 2,000 witnesses have been questioned, more than 1,800 forensic examinations have been conducted. Over 100,000 pieces of evidence have been obtained," Lutsenko wrote.

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"Given the need for specific knowledge about the use of forces and resources during combat operations, Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Examinations of Ukraine's Justice Ministry has conducted a unique forensic military examination that lasted for almost a year and involved 31 leading experts and specialists, including from the Ministry of Defense, the Security Service Anti-Terrorist Center, the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service. The group includes 10 generals with considerable experience in managing military forces at all levels as well as Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov (a member of the public that enjoys undisputed authority and trust within the society)," Lutsenko remarked.

"3,600 combat and other documents have been examined, which allowed analyzing the reasons for the great losses among the Ukrainian military. I will report on the progress of the probe and the prospects of bringing the perpetrators to criminal liability at the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Security and Defense Committee Sept. 7," the prosecutor general concluded.

Watch more: "Some stories about Ukrainian servicemen breaking out from encirclement are horrifying and hard to believe," - 'Shadows of Ilovaisk' documentary maker Bohdan Pilenko. VIDEO

In August 2015, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatolii Matios reported 366 soldiers and law enforcers killed, 429 wounded, 158 missing in action and 128 captured as a result of coming out of the Ilovaisk encirclement through the so-called "green corridor" in August 2014.

The Military Prosecutor's Office claims some 1,000 Ukrainian military opposed the 16,000-strong hybrid Russian forces in the battle for Ilovaisk two years ago. As a result, anti-terrorist operation (ATO) forces lost weapons and military equipment worth 298.3 million UAH ($13 million). Matios is certain the main reason for the tragedy was the treacherous invasion of Russian troops in the rear of ATO forces.
 
 
 
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