Kyiv residents will hold the support rally for Vitaliy Markiv, the Italian citizen of Ukrainian origin; the volunteer who served with the National Guard during Donbas conflict was detained in Bologna on June 30. Roman Synitsyn, Kyiv-based volunteer reported that at Facebook on Monday.
‘The action is to take place near the Italian embassy in Kyiv on 4 p.m. Monday, July 3’, he wrote.
Vitaliy Markiv, the citizen of Italy, came to Ukraine in late 2013; after the events of Euromaidan movement, he joined the government troops fighting pro-Kremlin separatists in Donbas. Italian law enforcers suspected him of involvement in the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli, who perished during Donbas conflict in 2014. That evoked protest by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office.
According to Yevhen Yenin, Deputy Prosecutor General, the Ukrainian side is surprised by the detention of the Ukrainian soldier. ‘The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine demands that the Italian side either release Markiv immediately or provide fundamental evidence of his guilt,’ he posted at Facebook.
Yenin added that Ukrainian law enforcers are looking into the death of Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrei Mironov that took place near Slovyansk, Donetsk region, in May 2014.
The Ukrainian side insists that the mortar attack that led to their death was launched by pro-Russian separatists, not the Ukrainian military.