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Case of downed IL-76: Ukrainian court sentences ex-"LNR" leader in absentia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Igor Plotnitsky and two of his sidekicks face life sentence, as the court ruled they were behind the downing of Ukraine's military aircraft over Luhansk in June 2014. All three men are on the wanted list, fleeing from justice
18:30, 16 March 2021

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On March 16, Krasnohvardiysky court of Dnipro city considered the case materials against Igor Plotnitsky, the former leader of self-styled LNR ("Luhansk People's Republic", - 112 International) and pro-Russian proxy who led the aggressive war against Ukraine in Donbas.

Plotnitsky and his two sidekicks, Aleksandr Gureev and Andrei Patrushev are considered guilty of the organization of attack on Ukraine's military aircraft IL-76 over Luhansk in June 2014. All three face life sentence; however, the court sentenced them in absentia, as the culprits are on the wanted list. Vidkrytyi outlet reports that, citing the court decision.

The judges read the 130 pages-long verdict for two days. The case has been considered for more than two years, starting from February 2018 till now.  

Related: Ukraine commemorates airborne troops who perished in IL-76 downing in June 2014

The tragedy took place in June 2014, when IL-76, the transport plane of Ukraine's Armed Forces was shot down with an anti-aircraft missile. The vessel caught fire and crashed not far from Luhansk airport. There were 49 people aboard, including nine crew members and 40 servicemen of the Airborne Forces. No one survived the attack.

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