Russian troops attacked in Donetsk with cluster munitions, prohibited by international law

Unod men leave a damaged residential building on Vannikova street after a recent shelling in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine, June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/)

Russian troops have carried out attacks in recent hours against various points in the Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine, in which they have used cluster munitions, something that is prohibited by international lawreported this Tuesday the press service of the regional police.

“The occupants fired at 16 settlements, killing and injuring civilians. Some 54 civil buildings were destroyedincluding residential buildings and infrastructure”, according to the statement published by the Ukrinform agency.

The cities of Avdiivka, Myrnohrad, Hirnyk, Kurakhove, Bakhmut, Toretsk, Druzhkivka, Siversk and the villages of Zhelanne, Kurakhivka, Hostre, New York, Opytne, Reznikivka, Tonenke and Bila Hora were attacked.

A man stands in front of a damaged residential building on Panfilova street after a recent shelling in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
A man stands in front of a damaged residential building on Panfilova street after a recent shelling in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine, June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/)

“Russian forces fired into the Donetsk region using aircraft, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300, Tornado-S and Uragan MLRS (multiple rocket launchers), artillery and tanks. The invaders also used cluster munitions”, adds the note.

Some 41 residential buildings were destroyed and damaged by the shellingincluding ten apartment buildings, a kindergarten, a farm, a mine, factories, and a prison.

“In addition, Russian troops bombed a school in Avdiivka using Grad multiple rocket launchers. The building burned down. This is the third school destroyed by the Russians in this city,” regional police said.

People gather near a crater in the courtyard of a residential building located on Vannikova street after the recent shelling in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine, June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
People gather near a crater in the courtyard of a residential building located on Vannikova street after the recent shelling in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine, June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO /)

The Donetsk region forms, together with neighboring Lugansk, the Donbasan area where pro-Russian guerrillas operate and which Moscow recognized as independent republics a few days before the beginning of the Ukrainian invasion, which occurred on February 24.

The police and the Security Service of Ukraine have opened criminal proceedings on these attacks under article 438 (violation of the laws or customs of war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

(With information from EFE)

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