Ukrainian investigators completed the pre-trial investigation and sent an indictment against Colonel-General Alexander Chayko, commander of the Eastern Military District of the Russian Federation, to court. Another war criminal, Major General Esedulla Abachev, commander of the 2nd Army Corps of the so-called “People’s Militia of the LPR,” was served with notice of charges.

“According to the investigation data, Chayko took a direct part in planning, preparing, and invading the northern regions of Ukraine at the beginning of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation,” the Security Service of Ukraine reports.

Heading the group of occupiers “East,” he guided the actions of subordinate units during the attempt to capture Kyiv.

The Russian general set up his headquarters in a captured kindergarten in the village of Zdvyzhivka, Bucha district, to avoid coming under fire during the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the stadium of one of the local schools, he awarded his subordinates for committing war crimes in the Kyiv region.

The high-ranking official of the Russian Federation is charged under the criminal articles “Encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine” and “Planning, preparing, initiating, and waging a war of aggression.”

“The Security Service also collected indisputable evidence of war crimes committed by Major General Eseddula Abachev. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, he was appointed as the so-called ‘commander of the 2nd Army Corps of the People’s Militia of the LPR’ which is subordinate to the 12th reserve command of the southern military district of the aggressor state,” the Security Service of Ukraine reports.

The investigators documented his stay and participation in hostilities against the Ukrainian troops in the areas of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Kreminna, Rubizhne, and other localities of the Luhansk region.

By the decision of the top leadership of the Russian Federation, he was awarded the title of “Hero of Russia” and “Hero of the LPR” for the commission of war crimes in the east of Ukraine.

The investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine suspect Abachev of committing crimes under several articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Andriy Nebytov, head of the Kyiv region police, posted on his Telegram channel that the law enforcement officers had discovered the remains of two more people killed by the Russian military in Bucha, Kyiv region.

People were executed, and the corpses were burnt in a garage in Bucha. The premises were completely burnt out. According to local residents, the Russian military killed several civilians here.

As of 8 August, it was known that about 419 people were killed in the Bucha community by the occupiers. On 12 August, the body of another man killed by the Russians was found in this area.

Bohdan Marusyak

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