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 Russian GRU fighters Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov's 14-year sentence became final

The 14-year sentence against Russian GRU servicemen Cpt Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sgt Alexander Aleksandrov, delivered by the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv on April 18, has come into force.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainski Novyny, on Monday, May 23, a 30-day appeal period has expired.

Since a copy of the judgment translated into the Russian language was provided to the convicts on April 22, a countdown for filing an appeal started from that date.

Neither lawyers, nor the aggrieved party, nor the prosecutor's office have filed an appeal before May 23, and thus the sentence has come into force.

According to the verdict, Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov are found guilty of waging an aggressive war, promoting activities of a terrorist group, and committing a terrorist act.

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At the same time, they have been acquitted of smuggling weapons and illegal circulation of weapons and ammunition, as well as of violation of the order of entry into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.

The court has also ruled to confiscate the property of the convicts.

Each day of their pre-trial detention has been counted as two days of basic sentence [as per the Savchenko law - ed.], that is Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov have already served nearly two years.

In addition, the court has ruled to collect the cost of carried out forensic examinations in the amount of 12, 962 hryvnia (approx. $512) from each convict.

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Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were detained by anti-terrorist operation (ATO) forces in a battle near the village of Shchastia (the Luhansk region) on May 16, 2015.

The battle took the life of Ukrainian soldier Vadym Puhachov.

Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov claim they are not acting servicemen of Russia's Armed Forces but fighters in the ranks of "people's militia" of the self-styled "LPR".

The Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv began to hear the case of Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov in November 2015.

As reported, on March 22, President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine was ready to exchange Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev for Verkhovna Rada deputy Nadiia Savchenko (Batkivshchyna faction), sentenced in Russia to 22 years in prison.
 
 
 
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