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 Verdict in downed Il-76 case against General Nazarov being read out in court. PHOTO

The judge of the Pavlohrad district court has started reading the sentence to General Viktor Nazarov, who is accused of the death of 49 Ukrainian citizens in the Il-76 plane that was downed in the Luhansk airport in summer 2014.

Censor.NET correspondent reports.

Verdict in downed Il-76 case against General Nazarov being read out in court 01

Read more: Il-76 case: Trial of General Nazarov underway in Pavlohrad

On June 14, 2014, Ukraine's Il-76 with 40 troopers and nine members of the crew was shot down during landing in the Luhansk airport. All people on board were killed.

Dec. 17, 2015, the Pavlohrad city district court of the Dnipropetrovsk region started the trial in the case of the death of the Il-76 plane passengers.

The only defendant, Major General Viktor Nazarov, was the commander the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff at the moment of the tragedy. He is facing charges under part 3 article 425 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (habitual negligence in office during war, causing grave consequences).

The commission that has carried out a complex military-tactical criminalistic analysis concluded that Nazarov was the one directly obliged to take measures to suppress the air defense of terrorists and ensure a safe passage of Il-76 over enemy-controlled Luhansk on June 14, 2014.

The investigators have questioned 132 witnesses and conducted 112 examinations.

Read more: Il-76 case: General Nazarov pleads not guilty, lawyers seek acquittal

On March 27, Nazarov's supporters arrived at the court but were banned from getting inside by the mothers of the victims, the correspondent said.

"I had parts of my son assembled for the burial. Get out of here!" one of the mothers said.

The military who support Nazarov are staying at the entrance to the courthouse.
 
 
 
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