The UK evidence proves Russian involvement in battle of Ilovaisk
The evidence includes a photo of T-72B3 tank, a new model which at the time of the battle was operated only by the Russian armed forces.
Forensic Architecture, a London-based research group, has collected and cataloged evidence of Russian military involvement in the battle of Ilovaysk in August 2014, including the presence of a model of tank used only by the Russian armed forces at that time, The Guardian reports.
For the first time, Forensic Architecture used machine learning to speedily sift through about 2,500 hours of footage posted on YouTube from the region at the time of the battle, looking for frames in which there was a high probability of a tank appearing. The evidence includes a photo of T-72B3 tank, a new model which at the time of the battle was operated only by the Russian armed forces.
The evidence will be attached to the case, which will be examined by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
The battles for Ilovaisk took place in August 2014 between units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and volunteer groups on the one side and the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic on the other. These events became known as the Ilovaisky Cauldron, since the Ukrainian security forces that first occupied a significant part of the city were then surrounded and suffered significant losses - the chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine counted 366 dead, and stated that the number victims among the security forces could exceed a thousand people.