Odesa District Court sentenced the leader of the local “Antimaidan” and one of the participants of mass unrest on May 2, 2014 Denis Yatsyuk in absentia to five years of imprisonment, as Ukrainian News reported referring to the court's decision.
The investigation proved that when in Crimea, Yatsyuk recorded a video address where he urged the residents of Odesa and other cities to show up on the streets to provoke separation of south-eastern regions to the so-called “Novorosiya”.
The court questioned eight witnesses who informed that Yatsyuk was a participant of mass unrest in Odesa on May 2, 2014, when 48 people died and over 200 were injured (the majority died in fire in Trade Unions house). He was also a supporter of separatists in Donbas. Yatsyuk was called one of the leaders of “Odesa bodyguard - Antimaidan” and the initiator of creation of “Odesa People’s Republic”.
Odesa District Court found Yatsyuk guilty on the article of Ukraine’s Criminal Code on “Violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine” and was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in absentia.