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 Poroshenko to propose restoring special military courts on backdrop of sentence upon Gen. Nazarov

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko commented on the sentence on General Nazarov, who was found guilty of the death of the Ukrainian military killed in an Il-76 transport plane downing in Luhansk in 2014.

As reported by Censor.NET, the president wrote on Facebook.

"First of all, as commander-in-chief, I cannot remain silent after a civil court has sentenced the battlefield general to seven-year imprisonment. Our servicemen are doing their duty defending Ukraine sometimes at the cost of their own lives.

"I understand the grief of families. But the adversary who treacherously invaded our land is actually the one to be blamed for our heroes' deaths. These losses can only be justified by our inevitable victory on the horizon," the head of state stressed.

Read more: General Nazarov found guilty in Il-76 case, sentenced to seven years in prison

"Over the past three years, we have raised a new generation of self-motivated, courageous, and sometimes daring commanders who defend our Ukraine. It would be unwise to hog-tie them with court rulings from the point of view of defense and security.

"That is why I intend to propose the restoration of special military courts in line with existing international practices. It is the military personnel, military experts, and military judges, but not civilians who should assess the actions of commanders in combat situations. At least for now, while this terrible, insidious hybrid war is going on. "

"Justice must certainly be achieved in a court, but the decisions of military courts will not be questioned by our servicemen," Poroshenko said.

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