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Ukrainian diplomats visit volunteer detained in Italy
18:26, 4 July 2017
Ukrainian diplomats visit volunteer detained in Italy

Vitaliy Markiv is fine and held in satisfactory conditions, - Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry

18:26, 4 July 2017

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

The Ukrainian serviceman, volunteer fighter Vitaliy Markiv met with Ukrainian diplomats who visited him in Italy. The Foreign Ministry reported that on Tuesday afternoon.

In terms of moral and psychological conditions, the detained serviceman is fine; detention conditions are satisfactory, too, the diplomats said.  

Earlier today, court adjourned the hearing in Markiv's case for July 5.

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.

Related: Trial over Ukraine’s volunteer Markiv adjourned for July 5

Related: Italian court to select measure of restriction for detained Ukrainian Markiv

Related: Ukrainian community in Italy does not believe in Markiv guilt

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