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Russian attack on brigade award ceremony: commander might have been target

15 November, 2023 Wednesday
11:04

The Russian invaders, who launched an attack on the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade on November 3rd, might have aimed for its commander, Dmytro Lysyuk, according to Tetyana Sapyan, the spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation

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She revealed this information on Espreso. 

"Among new details, the investigation speculates that the brigade commander, who, due to a fortuitous circumstance, hadn't assembled, could have been the intended target," Sapyan stated.

She highlighted that investigators are tirelessly working to uncover all the details surrounding the tragedy. 

Additionally, an internal official investigation is underway at the Ministry of Defense, examining the specifics of organizing a large-scale event near the front line. This inquiry will complement the materials of the investigation led by the SBI, initiated under Part 4 of Article 425 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, addressing the negligent conduct of a military official in service.

Deadly Russian strike on 128th Mountain Assault Brigade in the Zaporizhzhia region: what is known

On Friday, November 3, Russian terrorists launched a missile attack on the personnel of the 128th Detached Mountain Assault Brigade of the Transcarpathian region, killing 19 soldiers. Local residents also sustained injuries of varying severity. The State Bureau of Investigation has initiated criminal proceedings in response.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has responded to the deaths of soldiers with the 128th Detached Mountain Assault Brigade. He stated that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

According to Hromadske, Brigadier General Dmytro Lysyuk, was reportedly late for an award ceremony event near the front line, when the attack happened. He had been suspended pending investigation. 

On the evening of November 6, President Zelenskyy confirmed the suspension of Brigadier General Lysyuk and announced an official investigation by the Ministry of Defense into the incident.

The Washington Post detailed the attack during an award ceremony.

Minister of Defense Rustem Umyerov disclosed the investigation's findings on November 14.


 

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