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 Court grants permission to try Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet Commander Vitko in absentia

Oct. 6, the Dniprovskyi district court of Kyiv is going to hold the first hearing on the merits in criminal proceedings filed against Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation Alexander Vitko. He will be tried in absentia. The corresponding motion of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office was granted by the Dniprovskyi district court today.

Censor.NET reports quoting military prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko as saying: "Today's decision gives judges the right to hear the case on the merits without actual participation of the defendant.

Read more: Military Prosecutor's Office summons current Commander of Russian Black Sea Fleet Vitko for Crimea occupation facilitation

"Vitko intentionally and unreasonably ignores summons by the court, goes into hiding in order to evade criminal responsibility. He has been put into the national wanted list and currently stays in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine," the military prosecutor explained.

As reported, Main Military Prosecutor's Office charged Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation Alexander Vitko with violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity, warmongering and hostile actions against Ukraine, incitements to riot (part 3 of article 110; part 4 of article 27; part 1 of article 111; part 3 of article 27; article 113; part 2 of article 28; part 1 and 2 of article 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

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