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 Actions of Russian lieutenant colonel involved in blocking Ukrainian military units in Crimea in 2014 to be probed in absentia

On Feb. 24, an investigative judge of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv granted permission to the military prosecutor's office to carry out special pre-trial investigation against Deputy Commander of the 810th Separate Marines Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Karpushenko

Military Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko told Censor.NET.

Vladimir Karpushenko is suspected of infringement on the territorial integrity of Ukraine (article 110 of the Criminal Code), waging of a war of aggression (article 437 of the Criminal Code), and incitement to treason (article 111 of the Criminal Code).

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"Karpushenko committed deliberate actions to change the borders of Ukraine by prior conspiracy with a group of persons which led to grave consequences," Kravchenko said.

According to the prosecutor, he ordered soldiers of the 810th Separate Marines Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation to block units of the 1st Marine Infantry Battalion and 36th Separate Coastal Defense Brigade of Ukraine's Naval Forces on March 1 and March 3, 2014. The military base No. A2272 in Feodosia and No. A2320 in Simferopol district's Perevalne village are meant. The prosecutor's office believes these actions prevented the Ukrainian military form repelling the armed aggression.

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