Term of imprisonment for Dmytro Kupriyan, ex-fighter in “Donetsk People’s Republic”, involved with the transportation of Buk missile launcher across Donetsk, expired on June 20, 2019, i.e. he may be free. Ukrainian News reported that citing the Unified Register for Judicial Decisions.
The source in the law enforcement body reports that it is about Dmytro Kupriyan, a 72-year-old “ex-head of the logistic service of “DNR”, call sign Baya.
According to the court decision, a convict will be under administrative supervision over the year, he is not allowed to leave the place of his residence without law enforcers’ permission. Besides, he will have to register in police every four months, he is forbidden to by alcohol in restaurants, coffee shops, bars and shops.
This decision came because Dmytro Kupriyan was only once brought to disciplinary responsibility, had no merits and refused to work. Apart from that it turned out that he doesn’t plead guilty in a crime committed and considers unfair his court verdict.
Five years ago, the world witnessed the tragedy of MH17. On July 17, 2014, Boeing 777, the civilian aircraft of Malaysian Airlines was downed over the Russian-occupied area in Donetsk region. An anti-aircraft missile hit the plane, killing all 298 people aboard. The aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur; there were citizens of several countries aboard, most of them were Dutch. Governments of Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands agreed to fund and conduct the joint investigation into the tragedy. The Joint Investigation Team found out that the missile was fired from Buk missile launcher, which was brought from Russia to the occupied territory of Ukraine. Russia ignored the requests to cooperate with the investigation team, denying any involvement and, thus, the responsibility for shooting the civilian aircraft.