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 Holosiivskyi district court hears case of Russian GRU operatives Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov

The Holosiivskyi district court in Kyiv continues trial of Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov today, Dec. 3.

This was stated by presiding judge Mykola Didyk, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

Two out of three complainants have not attended the hearing.

"The court decided to hold the trial without complainants," judge Didyk said.

The court began studying the materials of the last, 6th volume of the criminal case.

It should be reminded that servicemen of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were captured by the Ukrainian soldiers near Shchastia, the Luhansk region, May 16. They were served notice of suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities as part of the so-called "LPR" May 20.

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The Shevchenko district court in Kyiv put Sergeant Alexander Aleksandrov and Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev into custody for two months May 22.

In a conversation with the OSCE SMM observers, the Russian commandos admitted that they had previously visited eastern Ukraine with combat missions on behalf of the military leadership of the Russian Federation.

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Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the agency expected release of the detained Russian citizens in Ukraine noting that captured Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were "former" Russian military. In turn, Putin's spokesman Peskov demanded the release of Russian servicemen.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n363471