Russian soldiers Alexandrov and Yerofeyev were sentenced to 14 years in prison in Ukraine


Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv sentenced Russians Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, detained in Ukraine in May 2015, to 14 years in prison with confiscation of property.

Russians were found guilty in: terrorist activities, conducting aggressive war, and the actions led to the death of a person.

The court refused to recognize Yerofeyev and Alexandrov volunteers, and evaluated the defendants as soldiers of the Russian army, in spite of the fact that the Russians themselves rejected their initial testimony, and later claimed that they retired from the army.

The prosecutor requested to sentence the Russians to 15 years in prison.

Earlier on Monday, the lawyer of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who were sentenced to 22 years in prison, said that Savchenko intends to continue her hunger strike until Yerofeyev and Alexandrov are sentenced.

“Then, depending on the results, we will decide how to proceed,” – the lawer Mark Feigin said.

Lawyers of Savchenko, Yerofeyev and Alexandrov do not rule out that Russian and Ukrainian authorities will agree to exchange them.

Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were arrested on May 16, 2015 in Luhansk region of Ukraine, near the city of Schastye. Both are accused in accordance to 6 articles of the Criminal Code, including terrorism, and aggressive war.

The prosecutor’s office claims that they are acting military personnel. During the interrogation, Yerofeyev and Alexandrov said they were serving in the Russian army. However, the Russian Defense Ministry refuted this information, stating that both retired from the armed forces. Later in the trial, the defendants refused of their testimony, saying that they served in the armed formations of self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.



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