As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, Mykola Karpiuk said while delivering his last plea at the Supreme Court of Russia's hearing of his case.
"We have been prosecuted because we are Ukrainians, because I am a patriot of Ukraine," Karpiuk said.
He stressed that this was the only reason why he and Stanislav Klykh "got under pressure of the Russian state."
Karpiuk called the evidence of his alleged involvement in the murder of 30 Russian soldiers ridiculous.
"The tanks catch fire when Karpiuk waves his right hand, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles catch fire when Karpiuk waves his left hand," he said sarcastically.
Karpiuk stressed that he never took part in battles in Chechnya.
Earlier, the court of Grozny (Russia) convicted two citizens of Ukraine May 19. Chechnya's Supreme Court sentenced Karpiuk to 22 years and six months in a high-security prison and Klykh to 20 years in prison May 26. The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation dismissed the appeal of Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh against their confinement June 14.
Feb. 17, 2016, Russian Human Rights Center Memorial recognized citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh political prisoners whom Russia was unlawfully holding in prison. According to human rights activists, the indictment in this case was made with violations and described nonexistent crimes.
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