Oksana Sokolovska, former lawyer of Russian commando Yevgeny Yerofeev, told Censor.NET that she identified the body. It was her aide Serhii Fedosenko - the last person in Kyiv who saw well-known lawyer Yurii Hrabovskyi defending another Russian commando Alexander Aleksandrov alive.
Sokolovska said: "A member of the agency searching for missing persons called me Jan. 5 and invited to identify a body. I recognized Serhii by the pictures. It was definitely him as he had specific forehead and some other distinctive features. I'm almost hundred percent sure that it was him! Although, I am somewhat confused as his mother refuses to identify the body. She said she talked to him a month ago," Sokolovska said.
Earlier, Sokolovska reported her assistant Serhii Fedosenko missing Oct. 31, 2016. He was a witness in the case of murder of lawyer Hrabovskyi, who defended one of the two Russian commandos Alexander Aleksandrov. Hrabovskyi went missing in early March 2016. Sokolovska's aide Fedosenko was in Hrabovskyi's office when the lawyer came there accompanied by unidentified persons on the next day after his disappearance. Hrabovskyi was later murdered. Two suspects in his murder were detained by the end of March (Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv now hears the case into murder of Hrabovskyi in camera).
March 29, 2016, Main Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatolii Matios published video showing Hrabovskyi saying allegedly under the influence of some drugs that he refused to defend Alexander Aleksandrov.
Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were captured in the battle near Shchastia, the Luhansk region, in May 2015. They confessed to be members of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU). The servicemen were charged with committing a terrorist attack that caused death of Ukrainian soldier Vadym Puhachov.
Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv sentenced them to 14 years in prison. Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were subsequently swapped for Nadiia Savchenko.