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 Il-76 case: Convicted Gen. Nazarov says Muzhenko ordered transport of paratroopers to Luhansk

General Viktor Nazarov denies involvement in sending paratroopers to Luhansk airport by plane that was downed by Russian militants on approach for landing.

As reported by Censor.NET citing TSN, Nazarov said he was not aware of the flight details.

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

"I know how the flight was planned and organized. It was the responsibility of the head of the operations group... Muzhenko gave instructions to prepare a necessary order. As the chief of the HQ, I certainly organized this work. In this particular case, I signed and sent to the General Staff only a request to transport the equipment and personnel. Direct instructions and order for the transfer of this unit were given by the General Staff," Nazarov said.

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On June 14, 2014, Ukraine's Il-76 military-transport carrier with 40 paratroopers and nine members of the crew on board was shot down while landing in Luhansk airport. Nobody survived the crash.

Dec. 17, 2015, the Pavlohrad city district court of the Dnipropetrovsk region started a trial into the Il-76 case.

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

The commission that 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 the aircraft.

The investigators questioned 132 witnesses and conducted 112 examinations.

On March 27, 2017, the Pavlohrad city district court sentenced Nazarov to seven years in prison. He was not deprived of his military rank. The moral damage suffered by the families of the victims is to be compensated by the Ministry of Defense. However, only the closest relatives - parents and wives - will receive a compensation.

The amount of compensation is 500,000 hryvnia ($18,367) for each family.
 
 
 
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