"I want not only to defend my country but also to do something that my family would be proud of. I am going to continue my military career. My future is only in Ukraine! She gave me a fire that ignited my pride when I saw the yellow-blue flag," Markov said.
He noted that he did not hold a grudge against Italy and hoped to return there in due course.
"My relatives live in Italy, there are a lot of representatives of Ukrainian diaspora, who supported me and my family a lot, and it would have been impossible to release me without all the support," the former volunteer explained.
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.
Yesterday, on November 3, the Appeal Court in Milan acquitted Markiv of all charges.