The General Prosecutor of Ukraine announced the results of the investigation of events near Ilovaysk in August 2014. The investigation of the Ilovaisk tragedy largely complete. About it reports a press-service GPU.
It was established that from may to July 2014 ATO forces conducted several successful operations for the liberation of settlements Donetsk and Lugansk regions from the terrorist organizations “DNR” and “LNR”.
“On 11 August 2014, the ATO issued an order in which the command of sector “B” developed a vision, one of whose tasks was the blocking by the Armed forces of Ukraine and the cleanup of the illegal armed formations of the city Ilovaysk. To combat operations were attracted by the strength of individual volunteer battalions”, – stated in the message.
According to the order implied the capture of the city of Ilovaysk with the control of the Northern outskirts of Makeyevka, which was supposed to lead to the establishment of control over the supply lines continued to be enabled to surround and to release Donetsk from fighters.
Along with this, the armed forces organized a direct invasion of the regular Russian troops on the territory of Donetsk region with a simultaneous shelling of positions of armed forces of Ukraine from the territory of Russia.
It is known that forces of the Russian Federation consisted of nine battalion tactical groups: 3500 personnel; 60 tanks; up to 320 BMD (BMP); up to 60 guns; and 45 mortars; 5 anti-tank systems. Russian technology has been removed or disguised tactical signs and identification marks inflicted on Ukrainian units.
“According to the investigation data of the security Service of Ukraine, intelligence agencies and the joint staff of the ATO, a critical ratio of military forces of Ukraine near the city Ilovaysk with the Armed forces of the Russian Federation and representatives of terrorist organizations “DNR”, “LNR” were: personnel – 18 to 1; tanks 1 to 11, armored vehicles – 1 to 16; artillery – 1 to 15, “Grad”, 1 to 24,” – said the GPU.
At the same time, the grouping of the Russian Armed forces along the Eastern section of the state border of Ukraine consisted of 35 battalion tactical company tactical groups; at least 45 of 100 soldiers, 160 tanks, 1360 BMP (BTR) 350 pieces of artillery; 130 units of reactive systems of volley fire; 192 combat aircraft, 137 helicopters.
Noted that APU actually had sufficient strength to increase the contingent of troops at the Donetsk direction and simultaneous protection of the other sections of the state border.
The result is a sudden invasion of August 24-25, 2014 regular units of the Armed forces and their March towards the town of Ilovaysk battalion of the Ukrainian interior Ministry “Dnepr-1”, “Peacemaker”, “Svityaz”, “Kherson”, “Ivano-Frankivsk”, nazvanie “Donbass” and the forces of sector “B” was surrounded by greatly superior numbers of enemy forces.
After that, negotiations began between the head of the anti-terrorist operation Victor Muzhenko and representatives of the General staff (Deputy chief of the General staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov) and at the management level of the sector “B” and units of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation on the provision of guarantees for safe humanitarian corridors to exit the environment of the military personnel of armed forces of Ukraine and other military formations of Ukraine.
It was found that between Muzhenko and Bogdanov held 12 phone conversations, the results of which the Russian side has provided guarantee safe exit of the Ukrainian military from the environment.
An additional guarantee of safe passage was to be three captured Russian paratroopers, which was agreed to transmit them to members of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation after leaving the environment.
It also became known that the representatives of the Russian Armed forces deliberately delayed the time for arranging tactically advantageous firing positions along the route of the ATO forces.
August 29, 2014 at the direction and order of the command of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces, Russian soldiers shot heavy weapons Ukrainian military column together with the three captured Russian paratroopers.
It is noted that the investigation of the Ilovaisk tragedy largely complete. According to the results of the investigation and on the basis of evidence it is reported about suspicion to the Deputy chief of the General staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov in committing criminal offenses under part 3 of article 110 (“Encroachment on territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine”), part 2 of article 437 (“the Waging of aggressive war”), part 2 of article 438 (“violation of the laws or customs of war, combined with the premeditated murder”) the criminal code of Ukraine.
Currently, the investigation of the war of Russia against Ukraine were brought to criminal responsibility for committing these crimes 107, including 68 citizens of the Russian Federation, including 39 officers, including 11 people from among the leadership of the armed forces.
The court directed 44 of the indictment for 48 persons. Verdicts of Ukrainian courts sentenced 30 people, including 11 Russian citizens, including three soldiers of the armed forces.
During the investigation interrogated more than 1,700 injured, more than 2500 witnesses, conducted more than 1870 judicial expertise (forensic, forensic, military, phonoscope, linguistic, etc.).
Received and recorded more than 100 000 pieces of evidence (including captured during anti-terrorist operations weapons and ammunition that was supplied to terrorists by the Russian Federation).
The volume of materials of criminal proceedings is more than 1,150 volumes (of which over 550 are classified as “Secret” and “top secret”).
Main military Prosecutor’s office continues to collect evidence and establish all the persons involved in starting and waging aggressive war against Ukraine to commit war crimes on the territory of Ukraine, including the treacherous murder of Ukrainian troops near Ilovaysk.