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Ukrainian prosecutors reveal the identity of the Russian commander who caused the death of a child

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Maksimov Sergey Viktorovich was born in Ukraine and is said to have been behind orders to attack residential villages in his homeland and kill a young girl

The identity of a Russian commander who issued orders that led to the death of a 13-year-old child in Ukraine has been revealed.

Maksimov Sergey Viktorovich, commander of the 138th separate motorized rifle brigade of the 6th General Military Army of the Russian Federation, is suspected of violating the laws and customs of warfare and attempting an assassination.

Prosecutors from the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office and investigators noted that on March 26 he ordered the villages of Malaya Rogan and Vilkhivka to be shelled with a TOS-1 Pinocchio.

It is believed that Viktorovich, who was born in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, knew that there were no military objects in the attacked villages, but nevertheless pushed ahead with the attacks.

As a result of the attack, a 13-year-old girl suffered injuries from which she died in hospital a few days later, while residential buildings and the Malorogansky Lyceum were damaged.

Meanwhile, a regional governor in eastern Ukraine said at least six civilians were killed by recent Russian shelling yesterday (May 25).

Luhansk region official Serhiy Haidai said another eight people were injured in the shelling of the city of Sievierodonetsk in the past 24 hours.

Sievierodonetsk is the epicenter of fighting in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, the Donbass. Mr Haidai accused the Russians of deliberately targeting dugouts where civilians were hiding.

People living in towns and villages near the front lines in Ukraine were forced to hide in basements from the constant shelling and struggled to survive without electricity or gas — and often without running water.

“City residents are trying to return to normal life, but at every step they encounter either a crater or a ruined house or a grave in the yard,” said engineer Andriy Pustovoi, 37, from the northern city of Chernihiv.

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