Dzerzhinsky city court in absentia sentenced to life imprisonment three militants of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", accused of killing schoolboy of Kramatorsk Stepan Chubenko in 2014. This is stated on the website of the Donetsk region prosecutor's office.
Vadim Pogodin, Yuriy Moskalyov and Maxim Sukhomlinov received a life sentence for the murder of a 16-year-old Ukrainian teenager.
"On July 28, three militants decided to kill the kidnapped young boy, led him to a trench dug in the ground, put him on his knees facing it and one after another shot three times in the head. As a result of gunshot wounds, Stepan Chubenko died on the spot, "the message says.
The body of the boy was later delivered to Kramatorsk. To prosecute these individuals, the prosecutor's office used provisions of the Ukrainian Criminal Procedure Code to hold a special trial.
"After two years of court hearings on the murder of Stepan Chubenko, Dzerzhinsky City Court fully supported position of the prosecutor's office and sentenced three defendants to life imprisonment, and each of the convicts is obliged to pay the mother of the murdered boy 37,5 thousand dollars," the report said.
As it was reported earlier Stepan Chubenko was the goalkeeper of the Kramatorsk club. On June 23, 2014 on his way from Kyiv, he passed through Donetsk, where he was detained by the fighters of the "Kerch"battalion. According to one version, the schoolboy was detained for a yellow-and-blue ribbon on his backpack and shot for that. The document of the so-called prosecutor's office of the "DNR" says that the militants suspected Chubenko of being a member of the "Right Sector".
At the June end, the media reported that one of the commanders of the so-called “DNR”, Vadim Pogodin, was detained in the occupied Crimea. He was transferred to the Simferopol prison. In 2014, Pogodin was the commander of militants’ "battalion Kerch."