"Markiv was charged in absentia under Part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (murder committed by a group of persons, a group of persons by previous concert, or an organized group by reason of political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity, or by reason of hatred or enmity with respect to some social group)," the statement said.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reacted to Markiv's arrest, stating that it was a continuation of the propaganda campaign against Ukraine and its defenders. The ministry also considers such a sanction to be politically motivated and indicative of Russia's involvement in "inflaming of a dirty propaganda campaign."
As we reported earlier, Vitaliy Markiv is a member of the National Guard of Ukraine. Italy accused him of involvement in the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli, killed in Donetsk region in 2014.
In 2017, the police arrested Markiv in Bologna airport as he came there to visit his mother. Earlier this year, the Italian court sentenced him to 24 years behind the bars under these charges.
On November 3, the Appeal Court in Milan acquitted Markiv of all charges.