Tuesday, 17 October ‘23

This week’s overview of key events and links to essential reading.

Tuesday, 17 October ‘23

This week’s overview of key events and links to essential reading.

Tuesday, 17 October, 2023


Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Informants Identified in Groza Bombing

Ukrainian investigators have identified two brothers who allegedly passed information on to Russian sources that allowed them to target a memorial event in the village of Groza in the Kharkiv region, killing nearly 60 people.

Investigators of the Kharkiv SBU reported in absentia the suspicion of treason during war (Part 2 of Article 111 of the criminal code) to 30-year-old Volodymyr Mamon and Dmytro Mamon, 23. Volodymyr Mamon is also suspected of complicity in the violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder (Part 5 of Article 27, Part 2 of Article 28, Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code).

Investigators believe that they directed a Russian missile attack on a cafe in the village of Groza in the Kharkiv region on October 5 in which 59 civilians died. A memorial service for a fallen soldier was being held in the cafe at the time of the attack.

The brothers are former residents of the village of Groza, who fled to the Russian Federation before the de-occupation of the Kharkiv region. They had cooperated with the occupation administration and received positions in the de facto civil administration. After they left, they maintained relations with their fellow villagers and asked them for information.

According to the investigation, the suspects began to collect information about the planned reburial of the deceased Ukrainian soldier at the beginning of October. After learning the exact location and time, Volodymyr Mamon allegedly passed this data on to Russian contacts who made the decision to fire an Iskander-M missile at the civilian target.

National Police Investigates Almost 100,000 War Crimes

More than 96,000 war crimes are being investigated by the National Police of Ukraine, around 90 per cent of all such investigations. war crimes investigated by Ukrainian law enforcement officers. Ivan Vyhivskyi, head of the National Police of Ukraine, said, "The vast majority of materials related to missile attacks, crimes committed by the Russian military in the de-occupied territories - violence, torture, rape - we document, investigate and hand over to the SBU [security services], because this is their responsibility." 

According to him, data on more than 236,000 people has been entered into the interdepartmental database created by the National Police to record alleged Russian war criminals as well as representatives of illegal armed groups and collaborators.

Captured Sniper Accused of Killing 21 Soldiers

SBU investigators informed Roman Bubnov, a resident of occupied Donetsk, of the suspicion of treason during martial law (Part 2 of Article 111 of the criminal code). According to the investigation, in 2015 Bubnov joined the "people's militia of the DPR'' and the "separate platoon of snipers of the 100th separate motorised rifle brigade." After the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the suspect took part in combat on the western outskirts of Donetsk, as well as near Piskiy and Maryinka. The SBU alleged that he had killed at least 21 servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces during fighting on the front line. Bubnov was captured in July 2023 in the Donetsk region and faces life imprisonment if convicted.

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