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Ukrainian serviceman of National Guard Markiv sentenced to 24 years in Italian jail

Markiv is accused 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
17:16, 12 July 2019

Nataliya Kudryk Facebook

Vitaliy Markiv, the serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine was sentenced to 24 years in jail in Italy as correspondent of Radio Liberty Natalia Kudryk reported on Facebook.

“Vitaly Markiv was found guilty and sentenced to 24 years of imprisonment,” Kudryk wrote.

As it was reported earlier, Vitaly 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.

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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.

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