The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated criminal proceedings against Ukraine due to its use of "prohibited means and methods of warfare" aimed at "eliminating Donbas residents." The charges were based on the fact that five mass graves of civilians had been found on the territory of the so-called LPR and DPR
"The remains of at least 295 civilians who died as a result of indiscriminate shelling by Ukrainian armed formations in 2014 were exhumed from them. It is already clear there are bodies of women of different ages among the remains," the statement reads.
The Investigative Committee also noted that since 2014, the Ukrainian side had been regularly shelling the cities and villages of ORDLO. The Ukrainian army was also accused of using lethal weapons to "eliminate people and infrastructure as effectively as possible."
Meanwhile, the United States considers the finding of mass graves another Kremlin’s attempt to create an excuse for a new attack on Ukraine. Ned Price, the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, stressed that these fake stories are "unfounded," but this does not stop Moscow. According to him, in the nearest time, Russian government agencies and then the media may also begin to disseminate information about the "genocide in Donbas" or false information about the activity of the United States and NATO, etc.
Context. Recall that in early February, American intelligence found out the Kremlin's plans to create a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. One of the options is propaganda videos that will show a fake Ukrainian army attack on Donbas with blood, corpses, and Ukrainian military equipment.