Ilovaisk probe: Case could be declassified as PGO set to press more charges
New charges may emerge in the investigation of the Ilovaisk tragedy, Chief military prosecutor Viktor Chumak stated, adding that part of the material could be declassified.
In an interview with BBC's Ukrainian Service, Chumak explained that a huge number of examinations were being carried out within the probe, including military, military-political, and military-technical ones.
Therefore, the official notes, the investigation is still far from complete.
"It'll last for another six months for sure. But I should say again that the case was investigated into crimes committed by the Russian Federation with the aim of waging an aggressive war against Ukraine. And this is the case's qualification. No negligence or any military crime has been investigated," he noted.
According to Chumak, there are many draft charges against Russian military regarding the commission of an aggressive attack on Ukraine. "The case is being investigated in this direction only, in the context of an aggressive war against Ukraine," the chief military prosecutor assured.
The chief military prosecutor has made it clear that no charges were pressed against Ukrainian officials. Petro Poroshenko is a witness in the case, so he was summoned for questioning. "I don’t know why Petro Poroshenko didn't report. He is a witness there," Chumak said.
At the same time, he added that he does not rule out new charges. He also suggested that certain elements of the case could be declassified, because so far these files are classified as "secret."
UNIAN memo. At the end of August 2014, after fierce battles, the ATO forces were surrounded near Ilovaisk, Donetsk region. Russian military opened fired on Ukrainian forces as the latter were retreating through an earlier designated corridor.
According to official figures, 366 Ukrainian troops were killed near Ilovaisk and in the city itself, about 450 were wounded, 300 were captured, and 84 are still reported as missing in action.
At the same time, the Parliament's Interim Investigation Commission into the Ilovaisk tragedy estimated the total losses of Ukrainian troops at a thousand.
On August 14, 2017, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced the results of an investigation of the events near Ilovaisk of August 2014. According to these results, the main culprits of the Ilovaisk tragedy are the military command of the Russian Federation.
On September 13, Viktor Chumak, the new chief military prosecutor, announced a new investigation into the causes that led to the Ilovaisk tragedy.