Russian investigators probe Donetsk school shelling - Markin

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal inquiry on counts of "murder" and "the use of prohibited methods of warfare" following the death of two teenagers as a result of a strike against a school in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Thursday.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal inquiry on counts of "murder" and "the use of prohibited methods of warfare" following the death of two teenagers as a result of a strike against a school in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Thursday.

"The aforementioned criminal case has been merged with the main criminal case opened into the use of prohibited methods of warfare and genocide of the civilian population in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics," he said.

Russian investigators believe that on Wednesday evening, "acting on orders issued by their commanders and high-ranking officials of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine," Ukrainian servicemen "carried out a well-aimed strike from heavy weapons against High School No. 63, located on Stepanenko Street in the city of Donetsk," Markin said.

"As a result, two under-age citizens were killed and another three local residents sustained injuries," he said.

The investigation believes that by ordering this artillery strike, Ukrainian army commanders "sought to eliminate an ethnic Russian-speaking group living on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic," Markin said.

"At the same time, a number of international conventions were breached, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the protocol declaring a ceasefire in the southeast of Ukraine and a memorandum to it signed in Minsk in September 2014," he said.

On September 29, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal inquiry on a count of "the genocide of the Russian-speaking population in the southeast of Ukraine".

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