139 criminal proceedings: Prosecutor’s Office records every case of violation of the laws and customs of war and every destruction
Each case of destruction caused by Russian shelling is being investigated exhaustively to record evidence of violations of the laws and customs of war. In total, pre-trial investigations are currently underway in 139 criminal proceedings on violations of the laws and customs of war in Odesa region.
This was stated by the head of the Odesa regional prosecutor’s office, Ihor Domuschey, at a briefing at the Ukraine-Odesa Media Center.
“Such civilian and critical infrastructure facilities as Odesa International Airport, an oil refinery, private oil and gas companies, a bridge across the Dniester Estuary, a private grain elevator in Artsyz, and seven complexes of power substations, a railway bridge on the Artsyz-Izmail railway line, a port plant near Yuzhne, farms and various port infrastructure facilities in Odesa, Yuzhne, Chornomorsk, Izmail and Reni,” the prosecutor said.
In addition, educational institutions, including dormitory buildings, were damaged by Russian missiles and shaheds. An international checkpoint, the Orlivka – Isakcha ferry crossing, and the Black Sea Shipyard were damaged. The Transfiguration Cathedral in Odesa was destroyed. In the regional center, Russian missiles damaged the buildings of the St. Iveron Monastery and dozens of architectural monuments of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
“In total, more than 8,200 fragments of missiles, bombs, and shells, including fragments of banned cluster bombs, were seized. For example, on March 3, the enemy attacked a residential area in Zatoka from the air: an RBK-500 bomb damaged a house and scattered 280 PTAB-1M anti-tank cluster munitions, which were used to fill the bomb, within a radius of 800 meters,” noted Domuschey.
The task of the investigation is to identify and bring to justice all persons involved in the commission of war crimes: from the direct perpetrator to the representative of the military command of the aggressor country who gave the criminal order. This determines the duration of the investigation into violations of the laws and customs of war.
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