In response to RBC-Ukraine’s inquiry, the Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine (GPU) confirmed that witnesses in the criminal case on the widespread and systematic violation of the laws and conventions of warfare by members of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) reported large-scale executions carried out by militants and Russian soldiers in the Donbas.
The response specifies that in the pretrial investigations more than 900 people have been questioned as aggrieved persons. These are the individuals who were directly held in prison and subjected to torture and inhumane treatment by representatives of the terrorist organizations.
“Notably, the aggrieved persons reported that they witnessed the killing of 134 military personnel and civilians, 121 of whom are currently unidentified. At the same time, during the investigation, facts came out regarding the killing of imprisoned soldiers and civilians by military personnel of the Russian Armed Forces and members of the DPR and LPR,” the response specifies.
The Prosecutor’s General Office noted that, according to the evidence, mass murders took place in the cities of Slavyansk, Horlivka, and Makiivka in the Ilovaisk municipality in the Donetsk region.
Currently more than ten people from the DPR and LPR and military personnel of the Russian Armed Forces are being investigated for complicity in the committing of the mentioned crimes.
Last summer, the report of the Office of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights “Accountability for killings in Ukraine from January 2014 to May 2016” observed that several hundred people died as a result of the executions in the Donbas.