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Militant of Luhansk People's Republic sentenced to two years in penal colony in Belarus
18:21, 14 December 2017
Militant of Luhansk People's Republic sentenced to two years in penal colony in Belarus

The citizen of Belarus entered Ukraine through the checkpoint at the border with Russia in summer 2015

18:21, 14 December 2017

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The court in Belarus sentenced 29-years old citizen of Gomel that was a member of the Cossacks regiment of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) to two years in the penal colony as Pravda Gomel reported.

According to the prosecution, the citizen of Belarus entered Ukraine through the checkpoint at the border with Russia in summer 2015. He became a member of the Cossacks regiment at the territory of the so-called LPR.

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'He got the service certificate, military weapon, uniform and necessary food products. This man participated at the military training, shooting, performed the task during a year', the message said.

The accused did not deny that he was a member of the Cossacks regiment during the court session but he confirmed that he was not a military, he did not own the arms and he did not participate in the combat actions. According to him, he was in the LPR with the humanitarian mission until January 2017, he visited Rostov region from time to time and then he returned to Gomel.

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'The citizen of Gomel was found guilty in the participation in the illegal armed formation at the territory of the foreign state without the empowerment of Belarus and  without signs of the crime he was sentenced to two years in the general regime penal colony'.

As we reported 29-year-old Alexei Yershov from Belarus, who fought on the side of DNR militants in eastern Ukraine, was sentenced to two years of restriction of freedom

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