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Russian to serve 15 years in prison for murder of Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas
22:30, 14 December 2017
Russian to serve 15 years in prison for murder of Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas

Ukrainian servicemen were killed in December 2014

22:30, 14 December 2017

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Artemovsk district court of Donetsk sentenced a citizen of the Russian Federation to 15 years of imprisonment.  He killed Ukrainian soldiers in the Anti-Terrorist Operation area in 2014. This was reported by the press service of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

It is noted that the sentenced Russian mercenary was in the ranks of the "LNR" and took part in hostilities in 2014. Being a tank driver, he opened fire on the positions of Ukrainian forces, as a result of which Ukrainian servicemen were killed.

"As it was previously reported, a citizen of the Russian Federation, being in Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk region, in December 2014 entered into a criminal conspiracy with active members of the terrorist organization "Lugansk People's Republic" to provide maintenance and operation of military equipment of the mechanized battalion “August” which is part of this terrorist organization. Further, the suspect, performing the assigned role, served and directed the T-64-B tank, whose crew fired at Ukrainian forces near the town of Sanzharivka, Donetsk region, as a result of which Ukraine’s Armed Forces soldiers were injured and killed, " First Deputy Prosecutor General Dmitry Storozhuk said.

Related: "LNR" militants allow seven captive Ukrainian servicemen to call their relatives

The Russian mercenary was detained after the tank he was driving was hit by Ukrainian servicemen.

As it was reported earlier the Security Service of Ukraine exposed the facts of financing of illegal armed groups of the so-called “DNR” and “LNR” by Ihor Markov, former deputy of Odesa City Council and the MP of the 7th convocation, jointly with the management of a construction company. 

Searches are conducted in the office premises of the construction company to obtain additional evidence of the financing of terrorism in the framework of criminal proceedings opened under Part 2 of Article 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Related: Russian media: Mass arrests of "leadership, employees of LNR prosecutor's office"

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