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Zelensky offers Italy’s Premier to create team for investigation of journalist Roccheli death

Ukrainian Vitaliy Markiv was sentenced to 24 years in jail in Italy for murder Italian photo correspondent Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas
23:33, 24 September 2019

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
President's press service

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to create the joint investigation group to figure out the circumstances of the death of Italian photo correspondent Andrea Rocchelli in the east of Ukraine as the President’s Office reported.

“The issue of Vitaliy Markiv, Ukrainian citizen convicted in Italy, was raised. The Head of the sate noted that he expects a comprehensive and objective investigation of the case. He also offered to establish a joint investigation group to figure out the circumstances of the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli,” the message said.

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

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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.

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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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