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Investigative Committee of Russia: the Azov Regiment* was engaged in the destruction of Mariupol at the direction of Kyiv

On the eve of the Day of the formation of the Investigative Committee of Russia (celebrated on January 15), the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin, held an operational meeting of the headquarters in Donetsk.

On the eve of the Day of the formation of the Investigative Committee of Russia (celebrated on January 15), the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin, held an operational meeting of the headquarters in Donetsk.

On the eve of the Day of the formation of the Investigative Committee of Russia (celebrated on January 15), the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin, held an operational meeting of the headquarters in Donetsk.

It is neither the first nor the last. In the new regions of Russia, in the formed departments, a special group of investigators is engaged in solving crimes committed by Ukrainian armed groups against the civilian population and Russian military personnel.

The meeting participants regularly report relevant information to the head of the department.

Thus, from the testimony of one of the detainees it follows: “I realized that our crew could strike not only at the enemy, but also at civilian infrastructure facilities, and civilians could become victims of our shelling. But we were indifferent to it.” But another serviceman of the Azov Regiment* opened up: “Killing people is not a problem for me, especially Russians.”

During the investigation of criminal cases on war crimes of Ukrainian nationalists in Mariupol, the investigation studied materials from documents, telephones and computer hard drives that were found in the areas of hostilities in the city.

From the content of these documents and the analysis of the testimonies of the interrogated persons, it follows that the commander of a separate special forces detachment “Azov” * personally reported the operational situation and the course of hostilities to the top military-political leadership of Ukraine. And they also received criminal orders to keep the defense of the city by any, even prohibited methods and means.

Investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee continue to identify and document the facts of participation in hostilities on the side of Ukraine of foreign mercenaries. So, from the testimony of one of the prisoners of war, it follows that there were instructors from Canada at the Nikolaev training ground, who took part in the training of Ukrainian military personnel. Also, according to the testimony of another prisoner of war, back in 2021, instructors from the UK were engaged in military training of his colleagues, who taught the rules of warfare, including various tactics.

Separately, the head of the department was reported on the preliminary results of the investigation of the criminal case into the death in Donetsk of Deputy Head of the Control and Investigation Department of the Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Joint Group of Troops (Forces) Yevgeny Rybakov. After listening to the reports of his subordinates, Bastrykin demanded to strengthen security measures when officers of the department are in the zone of the NWO.

Following the meeting, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee gave a number of instructions and outlined the deadlines for their implementation.

In the final part of the event, A.I. Bastrykin awarded employees of various divisions of the Russian Investigative Committee with departmental medals, noting the high professional qualities of the officers of the department and thanking them for their courage in the performance of their duty.

MEANWHILE

The meeting participants discussed the issues of organizing the work of the newly created investigative departments in the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. The First Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Eduard Kaburneev, emphasized the importance of this activity and the need for the personal participation of the heads of territorial investigation units in it.

The Investigative Committee succeeded in locating 85 missing people in the zone of the NMD based on the requests of citizens. At the same time, A.I. Bastrykin was informed about the measures to create a DNA database of unidentified civilians, whose bodies were discovered after the liberation of the city of Mariupol and other settlements of Donbass and buried in unmarked graves. This measure will primarily help identify the victims and establish the circumstances of the crimes committed against them. In order to implement this task, a working group was formed, which included investigators, experts from the SEC and forensic specialists from the State Criminal Investigation Committee, who began work in this direction.

Also, activities are continuing to search for servicemen performing the tasks of a special military operation. In total, the whereabouts of 133 servicemen have been established to date.

* An extremist organization banned on the territory of the Russian Federation

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