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Belarusian citizen sentenced to two years in jail for participation in Donbas Conflict

He went to Syria after participation in the armed conflict in Donbas at the side of the militants
16:51, 10 July 2019

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Brest Court of Belarus delivered a verdict to a 44-year-old citizen of Belarus in accusation of the participation in the armed conflict in Donbas at the side of the terrorist formation Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) as Radio Liberty reported.

Thus, a man was found guilty in the armed conflict in the territory of the foreign state and sentenced him to two years in standard regime penal colony.

The defendant is a citizen of Brest. He worked at one of the enterprises of the city before he went to Donbas. He was prosecuted three times for theft and diversion earlier.

“The accused did not pass the service in the Belarusian Army for health reasons. He came to Donbas in 2015. He explained the court that he “was enlisted as a volunteer for conscience reasons”. He was enlisted as “private at assault regiment of the Marine Corps”. Firstly, he was “deputy commander” of the combat vehicle, then, grenade thrower. His nickname was “Veterok”. He participated in the fights in Kominternovo (Pikuzy) village, Volnovakha area, Donetsk region. In 2017, he went to Syria,” the message said.

Related: Day in Donbas: Twelve attacks by pro-Russian militants, two soldiers injured

On May 22, 2018, Belarusian was enlisted as private in the battalion of “Donetsk People’s Militia”. He was wounded twice during a few years of participation in Donbas Conflict.

At the end of 2018, he went to Brest for vacation. But he was not going to return due to the “officers’ arbitrary” in the armed formations of the militants as he said. In Brest, a man voluntary surrendered and went to the Security Service of Belarus.  The criminal proceeding is opened against him. He was arrested firstly but later was released for the house arrest.

Related: Zelensky gives militants 8 days to prepare for construction of bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska

As we reported the Czech Republic investigates the participation of its 20 citizens in the combat actions in Donbas at the Russian side.

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