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Suspect in attack on ATO veteran sentenced to suspended jail term

The convict filmed the beating of "cyborg" on camera
10:57, 10 July 2018

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Podilsky district court of Kyiv sentenced a disabled girl Katerina Lapinska to 3 years of suspended jail term for involvement in the attack on Anti-Terrorist Operation veteran Dmitro Ivashchenko (Verbych) in Kyiv. This was stated in the verdict of the court.

It was established that the accused together with four of her friends noticed Verbych on Konstiantynivska Street at about 7:30 pm on May 2. He was dressed in a T-shirt with a portrait image, which they took for nationalistic Ukrainian symbols.

Russian citizen Vyacheslav Lukichev told Lapinska about his intention to attack the Donbas conflict participant because of national and political controversies, after which she began filming an attack on the video camera.

The attackers stabbed the ATO veteran with a knife, sprayed tear gas at him and tried to hit him with a hammer on the hands and body.

As a result of the attack, Dmytro Verbych received light bodily injuries, namely, stab wounds in the left buttock and lumbosacral region of the spine.

On July 3, Lapinska admitted her guilt and concluded a deal with the investigation.

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The court approved the agreement, found the defendant guilty for hooliganism committed by a group of persons and sentenced her for 3 years imprisonment. At the same time, the court released Lapinska from serving the sentence and set a probation period of one year. The court also released her from custody.

As it was reported earlier, the Prosecutor’s Office has served the charge papers to Kateryna Lapinska, the partaker of the assault at Dmytro Verbych, the veteran of the Donbas Conflict and defender of Donetsk Airport. A 25-year-old Lapinska in the group with other perpetrators attacked Verbych in Podil, Kyiv on May 2; she was detained in Kharkiv on May 6.

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Kateryna Lapinska is a member of the left-wing extremist (anarchistic) organization and a daughter of Colonel Sergy Lapinsky the Head of Audit in Resource Provision Department of Inner Audit Department.

Dmytro Verbych survived the attack in Kyiv on May 2. The man suffered a knife wound to his back; the attackers also used a pepper-spray pellet.

On May 6, the SBU detained the attackers in Kharkiv. One of them had a Russian passport in the name of Viacheslav Lukichev.

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