In the course of questioning by prosecutors, Nikoliuk has been demonstrated a silenced sniper rifle Vintorez for identification. The weapon was seized from wounded Yerofeyev after the fight, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
Nikolyuk stated in the court that it was exactly the same rifle as he remembered its distinctive features, namely the marks from bullets on its receiver.
The colonel added that he was keen on weapons, and therefore Yerofeyev's rifle drew his special attention during detention of the Russian operative and he had carefully examined it.
Other witnesses who carried out evacuation of Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov together with Nikoliuk also confirmed that Yerofeyev had got a rifle but they could not confirm whether it was the same weapon.
The colonel also pointed out that Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were not prisoners of war at the time of clash with the subversive group since they were not detained during battle or with the use of weapons but only when they were wounded. Therefore it was not a prisoner snatch but evacuation to the hospital.
In addition, Colonel Viktor Nikoliuk told the details of the clash with the subversive group, which Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov belonged to as well as the circumstances of their evacuation to the hospital in Shchastia.
Like previous witnesses, Nikoliuk confirmed that Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev had voluntarily declared that they were servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and that they acted as part of the subversive and reconnaissance group in the territory of Ukraine.
It should be reminded that the ATO troops detained two Russian commandos - Captain Yerofeyev and Sergeant Aleksandrov - in action area in the Luhansk region May 16, 2015.
Yerofeyev admitted during interrogation that he was heading the subversive and reconnaissance group consisting of 12 people including Aleksandrov.