Russia probes Ukraine interior minister over civilian killings: Investigators

Russia said Wednesday it had opened a criminal probe against the Ukrainian interior minister and a local governor, accusing them of being behind the killings.

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014, 13:54 PM IST

Moscow: Russia said Wednesday it had opened a criminal probe against the Ukrainian interior minister and a local governor, accusing them of being behind the killings of peaceful civilians and journalists in the conflict-torn east of the ex-Soviet country.

"A criminal probe was started against Igor Kolomoisky and Arsen Avakov," the Moscow-based Investigative Committee said, referring to the billionaire governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region and Ukraine`s interior minister.

Investigators added they planned to put the two men on the international wanted list over crimes "against the peace and safety of humanity."