On October 14, at 11:00 a.m., the activists, volunteers, fighters and fellows of Vitaliy Markiv, the convicted in Italy fighter of the National Guard of Ukraine, will gather at Mykhailvska Square for the March of Ukraine’s Defender Vitaliy Markiv as Free Markiv group reported on Facebook.
The partakers will pass the appeal to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine on the state of “Markiv case” and will demand the reviving of the process of his release.
According to the organizers, the column will be formed, which will go to the Embassy of Italy. The second part of the rally will take place there as well as the pass of the appeal with the urged addressed to the Italian authorities on the release of Vitaliy Markiv.
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.