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 Court sentences Russian GRU officers Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov to 14 years in jail each

The Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv has sentenced Russian special forces operatives Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov to 14 years in jail each, with confiscation of property.

Censor.NET's correspondent reports.

The court has found Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov guilty of conducting and unleashing an aggressive war, establishing a terrorist organization, committing a terrorist attack, smuggling weapons, illegally possessing weapons, and violating the order of entry/exit in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.

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As previously reported, the prosecution asked the court to sentence the Russian GRU officers to 15 years in jail with confiscation of property for committing serious crimes in the territory of Ukraine, including the participation in an aggressive war and performing a terrorist attack that resulted in casualties.

In turn, Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov at the last court session on April 15 gave up their previous testimony. In particular, the Russian military pleaded themselves not guilty and asked the court to acquit them.

As reported earlier, Russia's GRU officers Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev were captured by Ukrainian soldiers near the town of Shchastia on May 16, 2015. On May 20, they were charged with suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity in the so-called "LPR."

On May 22, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv remanded the aforementioned officers in a two-month custody.

In a conversation with OSCE SMM monitors, Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov admitted they had previously performed tasks in eastern Ukraine, following orders of Russia's military leadership.

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Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov said the MOD expected the detained Russian citizens to be released, noting that Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were "former" Russian military. In turn, Putin's press secretary Peskov demanded the release of the Russian soldiers.
 
 
 
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