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SBU issues suspicion notices to two Russian officers for shelling a TV tower in Kharkiv

31.01.2023, 17:19

The Security Service of Ukraine has issued suspicion notices to the Russian servicemen it considers to be involved in the destruction of the Kharkiv radio and television transmission station, the Sudovy Reporter reports.

On March 6, 2022, the Russians shelled the Kharkiv TV tower with eight aerial bombs with a total of 2.400 kg TNT equivalent. The object had no military value and was purely a civilian facility. The station provided mobile connection, the notification system, as well as radio and television broadcasting.

According to the investigation, the order to destroy the TV tower was given by Major General Oleg Makovetsky, who was appointed commander of the 6th Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Western Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The order was executed by Alexei Loboda, the commander of military unit 45117 (Bomber Aviation Regiment 6 of the Army).

Loboda passed the order to pilots Kryshtop M.S. and Evgeniy Korolev, navigators Artem Norin and Igor Shagiakhmetov. These four Russians took off in two jets, crossed Ukraine's border, and dropped the bombs.

The TV tower was damaged, which disabled its further safe operation. The companies "Lifecell", "Kyivstar" and "VF Ukraine" suffered losses.

As reported by IMI, on March 2, 2022, Russian troops shelled the TV tower on Derevyanka St., 1-A in Kharkiv.

On the same day, law enforcers opened a case for violating the laws and customs of war (Part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

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