The Military Prosecutor's office of Ukraine charged Major General Alexei Zavizyon, the commander of the 41st Army of the Central Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, with committing a number of crimes.
According to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (GPU), the Russian General, during the period from February to July 2015, commanded the so-called "1st Army Corps" in the Donetsk region.
"Zavizyon by giving orders, monitoring their implementation, and coordinating actions through the subordinate officers of the Russian Armed Forces, ensured that the positions of ATO [Ukrainian] forces were fired upon daily by illegally armed units, and ordered armed attacks on servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military units, and law enforcement agencies," the GPU's statement says.
As a result of his committing these deliberate acts, at least 3,000 were killed and more than 8,000 Ukrainian servicemen were wounded. In addition, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions were occupied and the state of Ukraine suffered significant material losses.
As a result, Alexei Zavizyon was charged with committing crimes under part 3 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (intentional acts committed with the goal to change the borders of the territory and the state border of Ukraine in violation of the procedure established by the Constitution of Ukraine, which led to the death of people and other serious consequences), Part 2 of Article 28, part 2 of Article 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (conducting an aggressive war), Part 1 of Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (participation in a terrorist organization).
"The suspect has been placed on the wanted list, and a petition to detain him is being prepared as a preventative measure to ensure he will be present for the hearing," the GPU noted.
According to public sources, Zavizyon Alexei Vladimirovich is a Russian military commander, Major General (2007), and commander of the 41st Army of the Central Military District of the Russian Armed Forces (since 2015).
President Petro Poroshenko has said that there are 9,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine.