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 Russian militant, call sign 'Yakut,' sentenced to eight years in prison

Kostiantynivka city district court (the Donetsk region) has sentenced a 50-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation (Yakutiya area) to eight years in prison for participation in a "DPR" terrorist organization.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the regional prosecutor's office, the man arrived in Ukraine in April 2015 and joined the terrorists of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic" as a Vostok Battalion shooter. He was given call sign 'Yakut' and sent in Yasynuvata (the Donetsk region), now occupied by Russian militants.

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The Russian citizen was detained by border guards in September 2015 when he attempted entering Mariupol. Upon detainment he was wearing a camo uniform with documents in its pockets. The documents included a statement in which he was asking to dismiss him from a "DPR" military unit.

The man was denying his participation in the terrorist activities; however, a handwriting examination confirmed the statement was written by himself.

The mercenary has been found guilty of crimes under paragraph 1 article 258-3 (participation in a terrorist organization) and paragraph 1 article 332-1 (violation of the rules of entry/exit to temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
 
 
 
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