Today, DNR Deputy General Procurator and Chief Military Procurator Vasili Bairachny told us that the terakt* at the Torez Polygon* that killed a 9-year-old girl looked like a professional hit. He said:
Judging by the explosion site and the location of the explosive device, those who placed it must have known that it wasn’t directly in the line-of-sight of visitors and of military personnel that periodically checked vehicles. That is, we focus on the fact that we believe that professional operators did this. Those who committed this crime had to have a clear idea about where to place the explosive device and how to actuate it. On 24 and 25 September, chemical, bomb, and weapons experts carried out investigations. We want to nail down the type of bomb, what explosive it used, the composition of its casing, and the triggering device it used. The DNR Government placed all available assets at our disposal in the search for the terrorists. This is a very serious crime, of course; our investigative and operational staff wants to solve this case in the shortest possible time.
The DNR Genprokuratura opened a criminal case under Article 229 “Terrorist Act”, which provides for imprisonment for a term of up to 15 to 20 years or life imprisonment.
On 24 September, during a tank competition at the Torez Polygon, an explosion caused a Strela light SAM to cook off and ignite. The tragedy killed 9-year-old Kseniya Ivakhno; 7-year-old Artyom Malyk suffered numerous burns, which put him in hospital. The blast also injured two adults. Today, 26 September, the DNR declared a Day of Mourning.
- Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”
- Polygon: Russian colloquialism for a military base, due to polygonal concrete blocks on the drill ground and airfields
Today, DNR Deputy General Procurator and Chief Military Procurator Vasili Bairachny told us details about the IED that went off at the Torez Polygon on 24 September:
The explosive device was in the fighting compartment of a Strela-10 light SAM launcher vehicle. The terrorists used a caseless bomb with a blast equivalent of 200 grammes of plastic explosive.
26 September 2015
DAN Donetsk News Agency