The Russian Investigative Committee has annouced it has rock-solid proof that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been using tactical ballistic missiles against civilians in eastern Ukraine.
“The office of the Russian State Investigative Committee, dealing with crimes involving the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare, has discovered and procedurally documented irrefutable evidence that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been using weapons of mass destruction, namely the Tochka-U tactical missile complexes against civilians in the armed conflict in the south-east of Ukraine,” the committee said in a statement on Monday.
The committee emphasized that the Tochka-U system can fire a wide range of missiles (conventional, non-conventional, chemical or even nuclear).
“Such weapons [as the Tochka-U] can be classified as weapons of mass destruction, having an extremely high destructive power over a large area. They are intended for causing mass casualties and damage to large spaces and aim to injure an unlimited number of people in the affected area. International treaties prohibit the use of weapons which leave no chance of survival for both belligerents and civilians during armed clashes or armed conflicts. The use of such indiscriminate weapons simultaneously entails the loss and injury of civilians and excessive damage to civilian objects,” the statement reads.
According to the committee, the use of these weapons by the Ukrainian Army is a clear violation of the Minsk agreements, as well as the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
The Ukrainian military reportedly used Tochka-U missiles against a number of settlements in the Lugansk region: Lugansk, Novosvetlovka, Ternovoye, Rovenki and Yubileyniy.