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Ukrainians held picket against Markiv’s sentence in New York

The activists are sure that the accusations against Markiv are fabricated
10:39, 16 July 2019

Ukrinform

The Ukrainians staged protest against the sentence of National Guard officer Vitaly Markiv before the building of the Consulate General of Italy in New York. He was sentenced to 24 years in jail for involvement in the death of two people in Donbas in 2014, as Ukrinform reported.

About 10 Ukrainian came to the building of the Italian establishment with the posters “Freedom to Vitaly Markiv”, “Italian justice should not act under Putin’s orders”. The activists are sure that the accusations against Markiv were fabricated and need fair justice toward the accused.

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“It is the biased judge, biased trial and we protest against it,” one of the protesters said.

As we reported, Serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine Vitaliy Markiv was sentenced to 24 years in jail in Italy.

As it was reported earlier, 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.

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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.

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.

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