Mykola Butrymenko, charged with involvement in the murder of ten servicemen of Ukraine's special service in Donbas is now on the exchange list, as Ukraine and the self-styled "republics" in Donbas get ready to exchange prisoners on December 29. Radio Liberty reported that on December 26.
This became known during the preparation session of Orikhivsky district court in Zaporizhya region, where the jury reconsidered the case of Butrymenko after the appeal. During the session, the judge also changed the pre-trial restriction measure from detention to personal commitment.
Currently, the case remains open, as Butrymenko is considered a defendant. The next session is slated for January 15.
Families of the deceased Ukrainian warriors insist that if Butrymenko is passed to the so-called DNR (Donetsk People's Republic, - 112 International), then Serhiy Hlondar and Oleksandr Korinkov, the captured fighters of the 3rd Regiment of Ukraine's Special Forces should be exchanged as well.
In May 2019, Butrymenko was fould guilty in the deaths of ten Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas in 2014. He was sentenced to eight years behind the bars. However, under the famous "Savchenko law", his actual time in jail may be over in late 2020.
According to witnesses in this case, in July 2014, Mykola Butrymenko revealed the information about the position of Ukrainian special service agents near Snizhne, Donetsk region; Russian mercenaries attacked the emplacement, which resulted in the casualties. The man was detained during the special operation in Donetsk region in June 2016.