President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky charged the Foreign Ministry and Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine to take steps to return Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv, judged and sentenced in Italy. Zelensky's press office reported that July 12.
"I urge to forget political differences between the new government and the lasting leaders of these agencies and to pay maximum efforts to see to it that Vitaliy Markiv, the ex-fighter of National Guard battalion is handed over [to Ukraine]. Until then, I task the Ukrainian diplomats in Italy to keep communication with our veteran", Zelensky said.
The fighter of the National Guard of Ukraine was sentenced to 24 years behind the bars. Markiv's lawyers will appeal against the verdict.
As it was reported earlier, Vitaly Markiv was detained in summer 2017 in the city of Bologna. Suspicion to him was put forward by the Pavia Prosecutor's Office. Currently, the fighter is in prison. Deputy platoon commander Markiv, who served in the operational battalion of Kulchytsky, is suspected of involvement in the deaths of photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli and Russian journalist Andrey Mironov, who were killed in May 2014 near Sloviansk (Donetsk region). French reporter William Roguelon was also wounded that day. The incident is reported to have taken place in the area of Andriivka village.