Serhiy Zinchenko, a former Berkut fighter accused of shooting on the Maidan, has joined the illegal armed groups of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. The prosecutor stated this during a meeting of the Sviatoshynskyi District Court of Kyiv.
“The trial may be conducted in the absence of the accused, who are hiding from the court in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the territory of the state recognized by the Verkhovna Rada as an ‘aggressor state’,” the prosecutor said.
According to him, three Berkut members Serhiy Zinchenko, Pavlo Abroskin and Oleh Yanishevsky, accused of shooting 48 Maidan activists, were released during an exchange of prisoners in December 2019.
According to the prosecutor's office, Zinchenko is still in Donetsk and entered the service in the 1st Army Corps of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic.
The prosecutor also said that Interpol refused to search for Zinchenko, Abroskin and Yanishevsky, citing political reasons.
As it was reported, at least five former fighters of dissolved Ukrainian special police force Berkut, who protected the regime of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Minsk OMON.
It is noted that after the victory of the Revolution of Dignity, many Berkut fighters escaped not only to Russia or temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas but also to Belarus. The journalists published information about five fighters of dissolved Berkut who not only became the citizens of Belarus but also work at the law enforcement bodies.