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 "They are no use to us, exchange is worth fighting for," - soldier Harkusha on Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov's sentence

Ukrainian soldier Bohdan Harkusha, wounded in a battle with Russian Spetsnaz in the Donbas on May 16, 2015, says GRU officers Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov have to be exchanged for Nadiia Savchenko or anyone else from among Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held in Russia.

In an interview with Censor.NET, Bohdan Harkusha commented on the conviction of Russian GRU officers Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov sentenced yesterday by the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv to 14 years in prison with confiscation of property.

"An ordinary sentence, neither tough nor mild... Vadym has gone, I wish he hasn't, but it's worth fighting for their exchange. They are no use to us if they serve the sentence, but if exchanged for Savchenko, or Sentsov, or some other guys held in prisons of the neighboring state... I think they've got a lesson. But if not, and we meet on Ukrainian soil one day, there will be no talking..," Harkusha said.

Watch more: "I am serviceman of the Russian Federation": Captured sergeant Aleksandrov of the 3rd brigade of Russian Special Forces interrogated. VIDEO with English subtitles

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.

Yesterday, April 18, the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv sentenced Russian GRU officers evgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov to 14 years in prison each, with confiscation of property.

See more: Captured Russian special forces servicemen Captain Aleksandrov and Sergeant Yerofeyev testified on their brigade's involvement in war against Ukraine. PHOTOS
 
 
 
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