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 Court postpones trial against Russian GRU operatives Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev to Dec. 15

Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv will continue hearing the case against commandos of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU) Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev Dec. 15 at 9.30 a.m.

Three witnesses for prosecution were questioned at the session of the court on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

After hearing of the testimony of the combat medic from the 92th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the court summoned as witness well-known journalist Savik Shuster, who carried out an interview with the accused at the hospital shortly after their detention.

Savik Shuster noted that Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov confirmed during the interview that they were Russian servicemen. He also pointed out that they did not mention any pressure being put on them.

At the same time Yevgeny Yerofeyev asked Savik Shuster whether the journalist had obtained his written permission to record the interview, to which Shuster replied that he had not since he had doubts that it was necessary at all.

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In turn, the judge asked Yevgeny Yerofeyev why he had agreed to give an interview. The Russian military answered that "he had no choice."

Then the court heard the fourth witness for the prosecution - soldier of the 92th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yurii Bondarenko. He told the detail of the battle and subsequent detention of the Russian commandos.

He informed that both Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov voluntarily and without pressure applied had identified themselves as soldiers of the Russian army immediately after the arrest.

Yurii Bondarenko noted that Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov were questioned by his commander when they were provided medical care to and they answered then that they were the Russian servicemen. In addition, he was shown VSS Vintorez rifle and clothing, which was identified by the investigation as the one belonging to Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov and the witness confirmed that they were dressed in the same clothes. Bondarenko also confirmed that he indeed saw Yerofeyev carrying Vintorez rifle during detention. Asked by lawyers, the Ukrainian military said that no physical violence or pressure was employed during detention of GRU operatives by the Ukrainian servicemen.

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