Russia conducts series of cross-border attacks on Ukrainian villages – study
KYIV. Feb 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Russia conducted a series of cross-border attacks on Ukrainian villages and military positions in 2014, a fact that gives grounds to view the situation as an international armed conflict," according to a study by Truth Hounds and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR).
"From June 2014 to September 2014, Russian armed forces conducted a series of attacks on Ukrainian inhabited areas and military positions in Ukraine. These attacks demonstrated Russians direct involvement in the military conflict, giving grounds to classify it as an international armed conflict, pursuant to the International Criminal Court," says a study presented at a press conference at Kyiv's Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Thursday.
The study says there were a minimum of 134 attacks against the civilian population and civilian infrastructure in 22 inhabited areas, a circumstance that can be considered a war crime.
The study reviewed 208 attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure leading to the 100 deaths and 163 wounded civilians. Evidence that human shields were used was also presented.
The study says these war crimes are still being committed today.
"We included in the study incontrovertible evidence that Russia invaded Ukraine started in February 2014, instigating an international military conflict – not a civil war," the Truth Hounds said.
All documented incidents have been forwarded to the International Criminal Court at the Hague on December 18, 2017.