Luhansk airport was destroyed in 2014 as a result of shelling by Tochka tactical missiles launched from Russian territory, said Deputy Minister of Justice and Commissioner for European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Ivan Lishchyna in an interview with the newspaper Fakty.
Lishchyna said that the Ministry of Justice continues to gather evidence of Russia's participation in the fighting in the Donbas as part of its ECHR case. In particular, they were able to establish proof of the shelling of Ukrainian territory from the Russian Federation.
"As for the shelling of our territory before the arrival of the regular Russian army at the end of August, we have established practically all the facts ... Remember, in the summer of 2014, rumors arose that Luhansk airport was fired on by tactical nuclear weapons? Of course, this didn’t happen. But our border service recorded shelling with Tochka tactical missiles from Russia ...launched from [Russian] territory. The entire airport was blown up," said Lishchyna.
Also recorded is evidence of the shelling of Ukrainian border guards by Russian helicopters using aircraft missiles.
The Ukrainian military left Luhansk airport on September 1, 2014. The Minister of Defense at that time, Valeriy Heletey, said that the Russian military had used the self-propelled Tyulpan mortar at the airport.