Military medic who died in Donbas was Estonian citizen, - Foreign Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

The deceased serviceman received Estonian citizenship in 2016, thereby renouncing his Belarusian citizenship
21:00, 17 July 2020

Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu
Open source

Estonia has confirmed the death of its citizen in the ongoing hostilities in Donbas. Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu stated this, as quoted by Estonian news agency ERR.

It is noted that the deceased soldier received Estonian citizenship in 2016 through naturalization, thereby renouncing his Belarusian citizenship.

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"He came to Estonia in 2006 as a scholarship holder within the framework of a project and had a refugee status. In Estonia, the principle is that Estonian citizens can act in military units of other countries with the permission of the government," Reinsalu said. According to Reinsalu, as far as he knows, Estonia did not give such permissions.

Postinees portal also reported that the deceased Estonian was a military doctor. The name of the deceased is Nikolai Ilyin.

As we reported before, militants handed over an unidentified body to the Ukrainian side in Donbas. DNA examination will be required to identify the deceased.

"After difficult negotiations of the Ukrainian side through the OSCE with representatives of the Russian occupation forces, an agreement was finally reached - a human body was transferred to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government at the Mariinka checkpoint," the message says.

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