Leaders of illegal military unit Somali are now the official suspects in committing a terrorist act in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, in 2015. The press office of the SBU, Ukraine's state security service reported that on February 13.
"Investigators of the special service found out that the shelling of peaceful residential quarters of district center with the population of dozens of thousands of people was conducted from the territory that is temporarily controlled by the terrorists. According to the conclusions (...), the terrorists shelled the area with M-21OF fragmentary shells, launching the attacks from the towns of Mineralne, Yakovlivka and Yasynuvata. At least 70 such shells were fired during the attack", reads the message.
Two civilians deceased in the attack on Avdiivka in January 2015; another two sustained wounds. Residential quarters and houses, a kindergarten, hospital and other municipal establishments were either badly damaged or completely destroyed.
"Investigators of the SBU set the direct participation of militants of two units of the Somali, the 1st separate battalion group of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, in the criminal attacks on residential quarters of Avdiivka", the authority reported.
Two members of the armed unit adjusted the fire of Grad missile launchers, as Russian mercenaries shelled the peaceful town with no Ukrainian troops inside at that time. Both men are suspected of committing the crime and face either a life sentence or 15 years in prison with confiscation of property.