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Chronicle of the russian federation Crimes in Ukraine (October 2023)

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Consequences of the russian attack on Odesa, September 13, 2023. Photo: Odesa Regional Prosecutor's Office
Consequences of the russian attack on Odesa, September 13, 2023. Photo: Odesa Regional Prosecutor's Office

The russian aggression against Ukraine, which began in 2014 with the occupation of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, has shown that the Kremlin is disregarded international law and its international commitments

Defense Express continue to collect violations by russia of the international commitments, which require world condemnation by the community and effective prosecution of offenses in international courts.

The facts of international humanitarian law violations by russian armed forces in Ukraine in February 2022 - September 2023 you can find here.

Read more: Chronicle of the russian federation Crimes in Ukraine: February 2022 - December 2023

October 31. At least 28 residential buildings and two enterprises were damaged in a Russian missile attack on Selydove, Donetsk region.

"At least 28 houses were damaged as a result of a missile attack on Selydove... In addition to residential buildings, two enterprises, three cars and a power line were damaged. Fortunately, there were no casualties," Ihor Moroz, acting head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, posted on Facebook.

Today in the morning, the Russians fired three Iskander missiles at the town, hitting the private sector.

"Such strikes on towns relatively far from the front are not uncommon in Donetsk region," Moroz added.

October 31. Two employees of a vehicle depot in Kherson have been injured in a Russian missile attack on the enterprise.

Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson regional military administration, said this in a post on Facebook, and published a video from the scene of the shelling.

"The video shows a vehicle depot in Kherson after Russian shelling. As a result of the rocket attack, warehouses were completely destroyed, and at least five vehicles were damaged. Two employees were injured," the post reads.

Prokudin clarified that a 34-year-old driver suffered injuries to his legs and a 58-year-old janitor had a head injury. Both are now in the hospital.

October 31. The United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday it had found "reasonable grounds" to conclude a missile strike that killed 59 people in a cafe in the Ukrainian village of Hroza, Kharkiv region, was launched by Russia.

Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told this to journalists in Geneva, Ukrinform reports, citing Reuters.

"Today, we are publishing a report into the events of October 5 that concludes there are reasonable grounds to believe that the missile was launched by Russian armed forces," Throssell said.

She added that "there was no indication of military personnel or any other legitimate military targets at or adjacent to the café at the time of the attack."

According to Reuters, the findings were published in a report based on two fact-finding missions to Hroza by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), where it interviewed 35 people, including local residents, witnesses, two survivors, medical staff and morgue employees.

The report says that those killed – 36 women, 22 men and an eight-year-old boy - were all civilians, attending the reception after the funeral and re-burial of a local man who was a member of the Ukrainian armed forces. The blast completely destroyed the café and a small shop.

As a result of the missile strike, 15 families lost two or more family members. In many cases, identification relied on DNA tests of bodily remains.

"The report says that the Russian armed forces either failed to do everything feasible to verify that the target was a military objective, or deliberately targeted civilians or civilian objects. Either scenario would be in violation of international humanitarian law," the UN human rights office said in a press release.

October 31. Russian forces shelled Kutsurub community in Mykolaiv region, injuring two civilians.

Vitaliy Kim, the head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, said this in a post on Telegram.

"In the morning, two people were injured in enemy artillery shelling of populated areas of Kutsurub community," the report says.

October 30. The Kherson Regional Military Administration showed the consequences of a Russian attack on Bilozerka.

The relevant photos were published on Facebook.

"Photos show Bilozerka after the Russian army strikes," reads the post.

An ambulance, a veterinary clinic, and the homes of local residents were hit by enemy shells.

October 30. Kherson showed the consequences of the nighttime massive shelling of the city, which injured a 36-year-old woman, and damaged high-rise buildings and a social institution.

Roman Mrochko, the head of the Kherson City Military Administration, reported this on Facebook, according to Ukrinform.

October 30. The Russian army launched a missile strike on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia.

Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, said this in a post on Telegram.

"Around 11:28, the enemy launched a missile attack on Zaporizhzhia district. According to preliminary information, Russian military personnel used ballistics," he wrote.

The missile strike destroyed a social infrastructure facility. Specialists of the State Emergency Service are working at the scene, eliminating the consequences of the attack. No casualties have been reported.

Acting Zaporizhzhia Mayor Anatoliy Kurtiev added that the premises of a municipal institution were damaged.

October 30. The number of those injured in a Russian missile attack on a shipyard in Odesa district on Monday morning has grown to four.

This is reported by the Odesa Regional Prosecutor's Office.

"As a result of the enemy attack, four employees of the enterprise received injuries of varying degrees of severity. Two victims have been hospitalized," the report said.

The prosecutor's office also informed that measures are currently being taken to identify other persons who suffered physical or other damage following enemy strikes.

"Under the procedural guidance of prosecutors of the Odesa Regional Prosecutor's Office, a pre-trial investigation has been launched into the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war (part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine)," the regional prosecutor's office added.

October 30. The Russian army hit a shipyard in the Odesa district with missiles this morning, wounding two people.

Odesa region governor Oleh Kiper said this in a post on the Telegram .

"In the morning, Russian terrorists attacked еру Odesa district with missiles. The enemy targeted a shipyard," the report said. Kiper noted that the attack caused a fire, which was quickly extinguished by rescuers. The administrative building and equipment of the enterprise were damaged.

"Two people were injured. A man born in 1961 and a woman born in 1966 were taken to the hospital in a moderate condition. They are being provided with all the necessary medical assistance," he added.

October 30. Russian troops have launched 95 shelling attacks on the Kherson region in the past 24 hours, killing two people.

Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the regional military administration, announced this on Facebook.

"Over the past 24 hours, the enemy launched 95 shelling attacks, firing 514 shells from mortars, artillery, Grads, tanks, UAVs and aircraft. The enemy fired 46 shells on the city of Kherson," he said.

According to Prokudin, Russia launched 42 KAB bomb strikes on settlements in the Kherson region, including in the Beryslav and Kherson districts.

He said that the Russian military had targeted populated areas, the premises of a medical institution, the territory of an educational institution in the Beryslav district, and a community center in Kherson.

Two people were killed and four others injured as a result of Russian aggression, Prokudin added.

October 30. Around 00:00 (midnight), October 30, 2023, Russian troops shelled Kherson’s Tsentralnyi district. One civilian was reported killed and three injured.

The relevant statement was made by Kherson City Military Administration Head Roman Mrochko on Telegram.

“Around 00:00 (midnight), the Russian army shelled the city’s Tsentralnyi district from the temporarily occupied left bank. In particular, apartment blocks were damaged,” Mrochko wrote.

Following the enemy attack, one of apartments caught fire. A woman, 85, was killed. Another woman, with burns and poisoning by combustion products, was taken to hospital.

A man, 68, and a woman, 36, were also injured and taken to hospital in moderately grave condition.

October 29. Three women and two men have been injured in Russia’s shelling of the Kherson region over the past day.

The relevant statement was made by the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry.

“Over the past day, Russian troops have attacked communities in the Beryslav, Kakhovka and Kherson districts. In Kozatske, a woman, 67, was injured. Another woman, 60, and a man, 41, received injuries in Ivanivka. In the Korabelnyi district, a woman, 82, was injured, and a man, 53, received serious injuries,” the report states.

Additionally, a police car was damaged in Russia’s air strike on Beryslav. Law enforcement officers remained unharmed.

The enemy shelling also affected over 20 houses, shops, cars, office premises, administrative buildings, and a school.

A reminder that, during a nationwide telethon earlier today, Head of the United Coordinating Press Center of the Southern Defense Forces Natalia Humeniuk stated that, over the past day, Russians had dropped 32 guided bombs on the Kherson region.

October 29. Russian strikes damaged six houses in Nikopol community, Dnipropetrovsk region.

"Four strikes overnight. The Russians pummeled Nikopol district with heavy artillery. Six houses were struck in the district center. An administrative building and a private enterprise were damaged," Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Lysak posted on Facebook.

As noted, enemy shells also slammed into Myrove community. The territory is being examined. Nobody was injured.

October 28. The Russian army shelled Nikopol town and Chervonohryhorivka community. Destruction was reported.

"Today, the enemy hit Nikopol district with heavy artillery twice. First, the district center was struck. Three private houses and a power line were damaged in the town," Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Lysak posted on Facebook.

October 28. Three civilians were injured as Russian troops opened fire on the Kherson region’s Ivanivka and Kozatske.

The relevant statement was made by Kherson Regional Prosecutor’s Office on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“Around 12:30 p.m., the occupiers shelled the Darivka community’s Ivanivka. Two civilians were injured and taken to hospital,” the report states.

Additionally, the enemy attacked the village of Kozatske with aircraft. A woman, 67, received injuries.

A pre-trial investigation was launched over the violation of laws and customs of war (Part 1, Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

October 28. Russian troops attacked 21 settlements in the Zaporizhzhia region 156 times on October 27.

The relevant statement was made by Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Head Yurii Malashko on Facebook.

According to Malashko, Russians launched 17 drone attacks on such settlements as Huliaipole, Novoandriivka, Charivne, Malynivka, Robotyne, Kamianske, Mali Shcherbaky, and opened fire with multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) on Novodarivka, Temyrivka, Mala Tokmachka and Charivne.

The enemy also launched 135 artillery strikes on Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Robotyne, Levadne, Poltavka, Bilohiria, Verkhnia Tersa, Stepove, Piatykhatky, Lobkove, and other frontline settlements.

Fortunately, civilians remained unharmed. Five reports were submitted on the damage caused by Russian attacks to residential houses.

Malashko also mentioned that two more civilians had evacuated from Stepnohirsk.

October 27. The Russian army shelled Kherson, in particular, the central part of the city.

"The Russian army continues to attack Kherson! Currently, the central part of the city, in particular, is under massive fire," Roman Mrochko, Head of the Kherson City Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

He urged local residents to move to safer places, stay away from windows.

Later, the Head of the Kherson City Military Administration posted on Facebook that several people had been injured in the evening shelling of Kherson.

"More than a dozen residential buildings in the center of the city were damaged as a result of the recent shelling of Kherson by Russian enemy troops! So far, several victims are known. One was hospitalized," the post reads.

October 27. The Russian army shelled Nikopol with artillery. A 5-year-old boy and a woman were injured.

Serhiy Lysak, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, reported this on Facebook

"A child was injured. The boy is only five years old! And also a 58-year-old woman. They are in the hospital in moderate condition," he wrote.

It is also reported that 10 private houses were damaged. One outbuilding was destroyed. Another 13 were smashed. 20 solar panels and cars were smashed. Power lines were also damaged.

Earlier it was reported that the enemy army shells Nikopol almost every day. The shelling is carried out from the occupied shore of the Kakhovka reservoir (the Vasylivka district, the Zaporizhzhia region).

October 27. In Kherson region, a man was killed as the Russian military targeted a residential building in Zelenivka, and a 36-year-old man was injured by shelling in the center of Kherson.

Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the regional military administration, said this in a post on Telegram.

"A person was killed in an enemy strike," he wrote, noting that his identity is being established.

A 36-year-old man was injured in the shelling in the center of Kherson, not far from an educational institution. He was hospitalized in moderate condition.

October 27. In Ukraine, as of the morning of October 27, 510 children were killed and 1,139 others were injured as a result of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation.

The Office of the Prosecutor General reported this on Telegram.

"More than 1,649 children have been injured in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. As of the morning of October 27, according to official information from juvenile prosecutors, 510 children were killed and more than 1,139 were injured of varying severity," the statement reads.

These numbers are not final. Work is underway to establish them in the areas of hostilities, on the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.

Most children were injured in the Donetsk region - 492, Kharkiv - 304, Kherson - 132, Kyiv - 129, Zaporizhzhia - 99, Mykolaiv - 97, Dnipro - 96, Chernihiv - 72, Luhansk - 67.

October 27. The enemy army attacked the Zaporizhzhia region again. Over the past day, 133 attacks were made on 19 settlements.

Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported this on Facebook.

"Not a single Russian missile or aerial vehicle fell on the territory of the region over the past day, but the enemy continued to fire artillery, MLRS and use drones. 19 settlements were under the terror of the Russian military, 133 strikes were made against them," he wrote.

It is noted that the enemy carried out 20 UAV attacks on Hulyaipole, Novodarivka, Charivne Bilohirya, Mala Tokmachka and Mali Shcherbaky, as well as six MLRS attacks on Bilohirya and Mala Tokmachka.

107 shelling incidents took place in frontline towns and villages, including Novoandriivka, Malynivka, Novodanylivka, Levadne, Poltavka, Robotyne, Kamianske, Pyatykhatky, Lobkove, Plavni and Prymorske.

There were six reports of the destruction of residential buildings and infrastructure. There were no casualties.

October27. In the Donetsk region, Russian invaders injured a civilian yesterday.

Ihor Moroz, the acting head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reported this on Facebook.

"On October 26, Russians injured one resident of the Donetsk region - in Avdiivka," he said.

In total, since the beginning of the invasion, according to the head of the RMA, the Russian army has killed at least 1,753 civilians in the region and injured at least 4,276 more. These numbers do not include casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

October 26. A 59-year-old civilian was killed as a result of an airstrike on Beryslav district in Kherson region.

"A pre-trial investigation was launched into the violation of the laws and customs of war combined with intentional murder," the Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office posted on Facebook.

According to the investigation data, around 13:20 on October 26, 2023, the Russian army launched an airstrike on Beryslav district of Kherson region. One of the aerial bombs was dropped near a cafe, killing a 59-year-old local resident.

Information on other victims is being clarified.

As a result of the attack, civilian infrastructure objects, including a kindergarten, were damaged.

October 26. As of October 26, 509 children have been killed and more than 1,139 injured in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s full scale invasion.

“More than 1,648 children in Ukraine have suffered from the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. As of the morning of October 26, 2023, according to the official information provided by juvenile prosecutors, 509 children were killed and more than 1,139 received injuries of various degrees of severity,” the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine posted on Telegram.

It is noted that these figures are not final, as work is underway in the areas of active hostilities, in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.