The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated two criminal cases on the conflict in eastern Ukraine – about the genocide of the Russian-speaking local population and prohibited methods of warfare, said agency spokesman Vladimir Markin.




Russian investigators saw signs of a crime under the Criminal Code section on “The use of prohibited means and methods of warfare”, in which suspects the commander of a 14th separate mechanized brigade of the armed forces of Ukraine Colonel Alexander Zhakun.


“It is also a criminal case on the fact of the genocide of the national group of Russian-speaking people, including minors, residing in the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic”, said Markin.


As was stressed by Markin, defendants in the second case are both former and current officials of the Ministry of Defense and the National Guard of Ukraine.


“These include Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, chief of staff of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Viktor Muzhenko, former commander of the land forces Anatoly Pushnyakov, acting commander of land forces Sergei Popko, commander of the National Guard Yuri Allerov”, he said.