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 "DPR" militant sentenced to 12 years in prison for kidnapping of five Ukrainian soldiers

The Khortytsia district court in Zaporizhia sentenced the militant of the "Donetsk People's Republic" terrorist organization to 12 years in prison for the kidnapping of five anti-terrorist operation soldiers.

Censor.NET informs citing the press service of the prosecutor's office in Zaporizhia region.

"The Khortytsia district court in Zaporizhia supported the position of the prosecutor's office of Zaporizhia region and sentenced a 29-year-old resident of Mariupol, who had committed a number of grave crimes in favor of the DPR terrorist organization to 12 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property," the report reads.

It was established that the man together with several other unknown persons committed an armed attack on the checkpoint of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of Pervomaisk district of the Donetsk region May 2014.

"In order to make the Ukrainian military join the ranks of the terrorists, the criminals have abducted five soldiers and were holding them in captivity inside the seized building of the Mariupol City Council. The criminals, under the guise of local residents, provided the soldiers with poisoned food to wear down resistance of the prisoners," the statement reads.

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In addition, it was established that the perpetrator together with accomplices has misappropriated four assault rifles, a machine gun, and several other pieces of weapons as well as more than 1,500 items of ordnance which they seized from the Ukrainian military.

The man was detained on the territory of the Donetsk region last July.

The materials concerning his criminal activities were transferred to the General Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Zaporizhia region for the pre-trial investigation.

 
 
 
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