MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – The office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine has opened criminal proceedings against a number of Russian Investigative Committee officials in response to the cases, Moscow has launched into the crimes, committed in southeastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office said on its website Tuesday that "[Russia's] unjustified prosecutions" are a way of carrying out "illegal interference in the activities of Ukraine's law-enforcement agencies [and] the armed forces of Ukraine."
The Prosecutor General's Office did not specify against whom exactly the criminal proceedings have been launched.
On Monday, the Russian Investigative Committee launched a case of genocide of the Russian-speaking people of eastern Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
According to the committee's spokesman Vladimir Markin, "unidentified individuals from the ranks of the upper levels of Ukraine's political and military leadership, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian National Guard, and the Right Sector gave commands directed at the full annihilation of Russian-speaking citizens, living in the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk republics."
According to Markin, no less than 2,500 people died as a result.
Ukraine has been engulfed in a violent internal conflict since mid-April, when Kiev began its military operation against independence supporters in the southeastern regions of the country. The United Nations estimates that some 3,500 people have been killed and more than 8,000 have been wounded since the start of the operation.