Donetsk, Jul 28 — DAN. Russia’s Investigative Committee (SK) has finished the probe against eight Ukrainian servicemen who shelled vital infrastructure in the Donetsk People’s Republic in the spring of 2022, the SK press service reported on Friday.

 “In March 2022, Denis Sivets, Yury Galatsky and another six Ukrainian servicemen fired mortars at key infrastructure facilities upon receiving criminal orders from their commanders, ” the press service said following a session in Mariupol chaired by SK chief Alexander Bastrykin.

The attack targeted a gas distribution station and a pumping station in the Donetsk People’s Republic; the damage exceeded 26 million rubles, SK investigators said. The case will be referred to court. The SK also instituted criminal proceedings against Ukrainian servicemen Vadim Marchenko and Mikhail Izotov who delivered indiscriminate artillery fire at Donetsk in February-March 2022 causing civilian casualties. Marchenko is being questioned, while Izotov is on the SK wanted list. In total, 126 criminal cases over Kiev crimes have been sent to courts in the new region.

Charges in absentia have been brought against former commander of Operations and Tactical Group “Vostok” Igor Palagnyuk, former commander of Ukraine’s air assault troops Yevgeny Moisyuk and former first deputy commander of Joint Forces Operation Andrey Kovalchuk. They are suspected of involvement in attacks that left more than 100 civilians killed or wounded, and some 300 civil and vital infrastructure facilities damaged.

The region began to experience drinking water problems after Ukrainian gunmen shelled its key infrastructure facilities in 2022. Artillery attacks disrupted the operation of the Seversky Donets — Donbass canal, the key water supply line. Water is still rationed in large DPR towns. A large water duct from the river Don and several smaller water lines have been built to help resolve the problems. Also, water wells are drilled and trucks deliver water to the population.*jk