Investigative Committee: More Than 2,600 Civilians Killed, 5,500 Injured in Donbass in 8 Years
In eight years, more than 2,600 civilians have been killed and another 5,500 injured in Ukraine’s Donbas region. The Russian investigation committee, which is responsible for the most important investigations in the country, reported this to the TASS news agency on Wednesday.
More than 400 criminal cases have been opened and are under investigation, the investigation committee said.
“For nearly eight years, civilians who did not participate in the armed conflict were subjected to massive bombardments carried out by large-calibre artillery weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and smaller weapons. Women, children and the elderly die. Civilian infrastructure is being destroyed or damaged,” the investigation committee said.
“Among the injured were at least 5,500 civilians. More than 2,600 civilians were killed. In addition, more than 2,200 infrastructure facilities were completely or partially destroyed,” the investigation committee said.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he recognized the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics. Donetsk and Luhansk are part of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.