Valeriy Kirsanov, artillery observer for 'DNR' walks free

Source : 112 Ukraine

Enraged residents of Mariupol poured him with brilliant green and tomato juice, blaming him for the attack on the city in January 2015; 31 people died as Russian occupants shelled the city with Kirsanov's help
10:58, 16 August 2019

Valeriy Kirsanov who helped the Russian occupants adjust fire during the attack on Mariupol in January 2015 is now walking free. He was released from the detention center on August 16. Vyacheslav Abroskin, the chief of criminal police posted that on Facebook.

In June, Kirsanov was sentenced to nine years behind the bars. But now, he is free due to the so-called "Savchenko law"; this specific document stipulates that one day of pre-trial detention is counted as two days of freedom restriction as the court chooses the sentence duration. 

The court found Kirsanov guilty in adjusting the artillery fire during the attack on residential quarters of Mariupol on January 24, 2015. Prior top that, the law enforcers searched his house and found firearms, ammunition and explosives. 

Related: Russia wants control access to Mariupol, - Volker

Activists and residents of Vostochny district of Mariupol attacked Kirsanov as he left the detention center; they encircled him, poured him with brilliant green and tomato juice, shouting and blaming him. A priest from the local church urged Kirsanov to repent of his sins. As protesters encircled Kirsanov, the taxi driver who came to pick him up had to leave without the passenger.

Valeriy Kirsanov is the former police officer who sided with Russia-backed militants and adjusted the artillery fire during the attack on the city in January 2015. The artillery strike resulted in the deaths of 31 civilians, while 128 more suffered injuries. Ukraine’s state security service detained Kirsanov on the same day.

Last year, the district court already sentenced him to nine years in prison for membership in the terrorist group; however, the appeal court canceled the verdict, ordering to reconsider the case.

Related: Guns at the ready, Mariupol at stake

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