A criminal investigation into the use of prohibited warfare methods has been opened on 2 July following a mortar shelling of a group of Russian reporters by the Ukrainian military in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

“A criminal investigation into suspected use of prohibited means and methods of warfare has been launched in connection with the incident of mortar shelling against civilians in the Donetsk People’s Republic”, the statement reads, adding that the investigation will determine whether by firing on journalists the Ukrainian military aimed to prevent them from providing impartial coverage of the situation in Donbass.

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