Investigators found that all shelling by Panchenkov’s subordinates was carried out with the obligatory use of a fire spotter
During interrogation in SC of Russia the commander of the battery of the 115th separate mechanized brigade of the reserve of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (military unit A-4053), Lieutenant Roman Panchenko, said that he knew that in the city of Severodonetsk, which was shelled by artillerymen, there were more than two thousand civilians.
“Given that the fire was fired from a closed position and at a great distance, he admitted that as a result of the shelling carried out by his subordinates, people who did not take part in hostilities and armed conflict could have suffered,” the official representative of the Russian Investigative Committee explained the actions of the officer under investigation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Svetlana Petrenko.
Witnesses have been identified, and investigative actions will begin with them in the near future. The preliminary investigation of the criminal case is ongoing.
According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, Panchenko is accused of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (ill-treatment of the civilian population, the use of prohibited means and methods in an armed conflict). It was established that in May 2022, Panchenko, in violation of the requirements of the Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Geneva, 08/12/1949) and its Additional Protocols, which prohibit taking measures that could lead to the destruction of civilians who do not military operations, repeatedly gave orders to subordinate military personnel to carry out artillery shelling with armor-piercing sub-caliber, high-explosive fragmentation, as well as cumulative shells of residential buildings and public places (hotels, shops, recreation areas) in the city of Severodonetsk, Luhansk People’s Republic, as well as nearby settlements .
At the same time, it cannot be said that the APU fired at random objects. The investigators established that all shelling by Panchenkov’s subordinates was carried out with the obligatory use of a fire spotter.
“As a result of these actions, residential buildings and infrastructure facilities were destroyed, including a hotel, a city sports complex, a kindergarten, a medical institution, as well as households of citizens located on Lisichanskaya and Donetsk streets in the city of Severodonetsk,” Petrenko noted.
The person under investigation also stated that “damage to the indicated real estate objects was not due to military necessity.” And he begs not to be tried in the Donbass.
The Russian Defense Ministry has published footage of the high-precision work of artillery units of the Marine Corps during a special military operation.
“In the course of counter-battery combat, the crews of the Grad multiple launch rocket systems and the 152-mm towed howitzers “Hyacinth-B” of the Marine Corps attacked the identified firing positions of the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the Defense Ministry commented on the combat work of artillerymen.
The marines also worked out fire missions at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and fortified strongholds. To suppress long-term fortifications, 152-mm high-explosive ammunition is used. The control of target destruction was carried out by the calculations of army drones.
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