Court looks into case of artillery spotter involved in 2015 Mariupol shelling

16:44, 20 December 2017

The court of Mariupol city, Donetsk region, considers the case of Valeriy Kirsanov. He is the former police officer who sided with Russia-backed militants and adjusted the artillery fire during the attack on the city on January 2015.

The shelling resulted in death of 31 civilians. 93 people suffered injuries. Ukraine’s state security service detained Kirsanov on the same day.

Last year, the district court already sentenced him to nine years in prison for membership in the terrorist group; however, the appeal court cancelled the verdict, ordering that the case be re-considered.