"A 20-year-old boy from Kostiantynivka confessed he had made a big mistake and decided to rectify it. He escaped from the occupied territory and voluntarily surrendered to the police," the statement notes.
The police found the youngster had not committed any crimes against the civilian population as a "DPR" militant.
As reported, he volunteered to join the ranks of militants in late April 2014.
He was tasked to keep sentry at checkpoints where he carried out illegal searches of vehicles and checked documents.
He was given no weapons or uniform and stayed armed only with a Molotov cocktail and a stick.
After the city was liberated from terrorists, the young man got scared of being brought to justice and went to Donetsk to his friend.
Man's grandfather in Kostiantynivka told the police his grandson wanted to return from the occupied territory but feared persecution by terrorists.
Law enforcers contacted the youngster through a relative and arranged to meet him at the checkpoint in Maiorsk.
The young man made a full confession where he regretted his deed. After necessary investigative actions, he returned home.
Criminal proceedings opened against him under Part 2, Art. 260 (creation of extralegal paramilitary or armed groups) of the Criminal Code are currently being requalified.
Thereafter, the defendant will be officially released from criminal responsibility.