'DPR' militant sentenced to ten years in prison

'DPR' militant sentenced to ten years in prison

A "DPR" militant who was fighting against the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Novoazovsk and Shakhtarsk districts of Donetsk region has been sentenced to ten years in prison, with confiscation of property, the press service of the Donetsk Regional Prosecutor's Office has reported.

The prosecutor's office specified that Artemivsk Interdistrict Court had pronounced the verdict in the case of a resident of the city of Makiivka who, for his own ideological and mercenary reasons, actively participated in the unlawful activities of illegal armed formations of the "DPR" terrorist organization, that is, he committed a criminal offense envisaged by Part 1, Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On July 17, 2014, the 23-year-old man joined the Kalmius artillery brigade of the so-called "DPR Defense Ministry" and, as a driver and commander of a Grad multiple rocket launcher, participated in armed confrontations with Ukrainian defenders, in particular, near Donetsk, Snizhne, Horlivka, as well as in Novoazovsk and Shakhtarsk districts.

On February 17, 2019, the militant was wounded and detained when the Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted a counter-terrorism operation near the village of Luhanske in Bakhmut district.

During the court hearings, the defendant did not plead guilty to the crime, trying to impersonate a civilian who accidentally stumbled upon a Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint in the dark. However, the court sentenced the man to ten years in prison, with confiscation of property.


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