Kyiv investigates Russian shelling of Sadove, killing 22, including child

Russians claim death of 22 people in occupied Sadove village
Russians claim death of 22 people in occupied Sadove village

Ukraine's General Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into the recent shelling of the village of Sadove in the Russian-occupied part of Kherson Oblast to determine the circumstances of the incident and the number of civilian casualties, the Office wrote in a Telegram post on June 8.

22 people, including one child, may have been killed and 15 others injured by Russian shelling around 7 p.m. EET on June 7, according to earlier media reports.

The National Police have opened a criminal investigation for violation of the laws and customs of war under Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Those responsible could face life imprisonment.

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The Russian-appointed “governor” of Kherson Oblast, Volodymyr Saldo, blamed Ukrainian forces for the attack in his June 7 Telegram post. Russian propaganda later claimed the strike was launched from a HIMARS rocket launcher.

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The legitimate Ukrainian governor of the partially occupied Oblast, Oleksandr Prokudin, refuted these claims and posted a video on June 7, showing discrepancies between the actual date of the strike and the pre-made Russian video.

Read also: Russia destroys school in frontline town Beryslav in Kherson Oblast

Earlier, on June 3, Prokudin reported that the Russians were planning "a provocation to stage the death of civilians" in Kherson.

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