Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.08.2018
On Independence Day in Ukraine, Russian occupation forces carried out an unimaginable shelling of the village of Vrubivka, which is in Luhansk region. The invader-occupiers of Ukraine from Muscovy used 152 millimetre calibre artillery to carry out the bombardment. As a result of the criminal actions of the occupiers, a 35-year-old local resident was killed. Buildings and infrastructure in Vrubivka were damaged.
Vrubivka is 17 kilometres from the battlefront where Putin’s army is invading Europe in Donbas. There are no military facilities of any kind in this village. When the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation shelled Vrubivka they were committing a war crime.
The Joint Forces Operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine issued a statement saying the Russians were seeking revenge for the defeat they suffered in the attacks Russian occupation forces made on August 23. The statement read: “Having received a severe rebuff from units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and suffering heavy losses in the area of the settlement of Zholobok, the enemy focused its rage on civilians, knowing that they would not receive an adequate response from them.”
The bombardment by Russia on the morning of August 24 struck residences and a high school in the village of Vrubivka. A Ukrainian citizen, Andriy Oliynyk, aged 35, was killed when a shell struck his house. His two children, aged 9 and 7, are now orphans.
“The combination of inhuman treachery and obnoxiousness is a hallmark of the forms and methods of fighting with the armed formations of Russia,” read the statement from Ukraine’s Joint Forces.
Ukrainian officers with the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) are working at the scene of the terrorist outrage, along with representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, local executive authorities and the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to document the facts of the death of a Ukrainian civilian. Ukraine will be adding it to what is sadly a very extensive dossier of evidence of war crimes to be presented to the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
War crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russia in Ukraine will only come to an end when Crimea and Donbas are liberated, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally-recognized borders is restored.