Trial over Ukraine’s volunteer Markiv adjourned for July 5

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Italian citizen of Ukrainian origin faces charges with involvement in murder of Italian photographer during Donbas conflict
15:54, 4 July 2017


The court session in the case of Ukrainian Vitaliy Markiv is adjourned for July 5. The battalion of General Kulchytsky, the unit where Markiv served in spring 2014, posted that on Facebook.

‘The court has been continued for another 24 hours since Markiv’s new Italian lawyer is now looking into the materials. That’s what our friends in Italy told us,’ the post reads.

The Italian police detained the Ukrainian military Vitaliy Markiv on June 30. The council is not allowed to visit him because Markiv is the citizen of Italy. The Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine keeps in touch with Italian police and Markiv’s advocates.

The Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine also added that Markiv has two citizenship: the Ukrainian and the Italian.

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  Italian photographer Andrea 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.

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