Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and Italy’s Ambassador to Ukraine Davide La Cecilia negotiated at the investment forum in Mariupol. They discussed the case of Vitaliy Markiv, the convicted in Italy fighter of the National Guard of Ukraine as Avakov stated.
Ukrainian minister noted that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) held the investigation in the case of the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli.
“The active combat actions in Sloviansk prevented the investigation on hot scents. On October 15, 2019, the materials of the case were passed to Ukrainian police. Now, the investigator on National Guard’s soldier case appealed to the prosecutor’s office of Italy with the offer to provide them the status of observer in this investigation within the international legal framework,” he said.
Ambassador Davide La Cecilia promised Avakov to establish communication with the Italian government on Markiv case.
Avakov, in his turn, noted that Ukraine will assume all efforts to provide the real circumstances of the death of the Italian.
As we reported, Serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine Vitaliy Markiv was sentenced to 24 years in jail in Italy.
Vitaliy 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. In the area of the village Andriivka group of foreign journalists fell under mortar fire.
After it became known about the detention of Markiv, Ukraine’s Prosecution General said that it was truly surprised by the arrest of the soldier. Ukrainian law enforcers are investigating criminal proceedings on the death of foreign journalists, and according to investigators, the deaths of two journalists were the result of shelling by Russian-terrorist forces. The Office also appealed to the Italian authorities to provide evidence of Markiv's guilt or his immediate release.
Markiv came to Italy to visit his mother on vacation and was detained. There are reports that 14 Italian law enforcers took part in his arrest.
Due to the sentence of Markiv, 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.