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Downing of Ukraine's Il-76 in 2014: Court refuses to consider attack consequence of Russian aggression

Melitopol town district court issued the decision, which only contains an introduction and the resolution, providing no arguments in favor of such decision
16:58, 18 April 2019

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Melitopol town district court ruled that the death of Oleksandr Bily, the commander of Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft over Luhansk in June 2014 was not due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. This is stated in the court's decision released on April 16; Bily's widow received it. The copy also ended up at Hromadske news agency.

The decision only contains an introduction and the resolution, thus the court did not provide any arguments in favor of such a decision. 

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Judge Yulia Gorbachova could not give any comments on her decision, referring to lack of time because of the court session. At the same time, the acting head of the jury Tamara Mishchenko said that Gorbachova could not shape the arguments in time because she's got too much work, and she promised to release the full version of the decision on April 22. 

Ukraine's Il-76 was shot down near the airport of Luhansk on June 14, 2014; it was an attack by Russian occupants who used a man-portable anti-aircraft missile launcher. The plane caught fire and crashed, killing everyone aboard.

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There were 49 people aboard, most of them were the servicemen of the 25th Detached Brigade of Ukraine's Airborne Troops. 

Major General Viktor Nazarov, the-then leader of the counter-terrorist operation in Donbas was charged with the neglect of duty in a combat situation, which led to severe consequences. The officer filed an appeal, but the court eventually sentenced him to seven years behind the bars.

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