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Preliminary conclusion of investigative experiment in Markiv case proved shots fired from militia location

27.05.2020, 14:44
Photo credit: Natalya Kudryk, Radio Liberty
Photo credit: Natalya Kudryk, Radio Liberty

The preliminary conclusion of the investigative experiment in Markiv case indicated that the shots were fired from a place controlled by the militia members, as Ukrainian News reported.

 

In Slovyansk, a group of experts held an investigative experiment as part of the criminal proceedings of the National Police on the circumstances of the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli and Russian translator Andrey Mironov on May 24, 2014. 

"... The coordinates of the points on Karachun mount have been measured, the coordinates of the trench where Markiv was sitting have been recorded ... the coordinates of the place where the journalists were sitting have been measured, as well as where the separatists would have been ( ed. )," as the official from the Institute of Forensic Science Viktor Shevchuk said.

The experts fired shtos from a machine gun from different points and compared the sound to determine the distance and the place from which the shots were heard.

Preliminary findings indicate that the shots had been fired from a place controlled by the militia men.

According to the experts, "from the place where the journalists hid, to the place where the fire was fired, there were up to 400 meters - 200-300 meters. Markiv was at the distance of 1.8 thousand meters - on Karachun mount."

Experts are convinced that Markiv could not see the journalists and could not shoot at them or adjust the fire.

"We checked the machine gun, exactly the same as Markiv had - the AKM machine gun, 5.45 with a collimator sight. We can establish with certainty that he did not even see what was happening on the road through the sight," Shevchuk summed up.

As IMI reported, on November 20, 2019, Ukraine filed an appeal against the sentence of Vitaliy Markiv, a serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, who was imprisoned in Italy for 24 years. It is expected to be considered by the Lombardy District Court of Appeal in the spring of 2020.

On July 12, 2019, a court in the Italian city of Pavia  sentenced  Vitaliy Markiv, a soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine, to 24 years in prison on charges of involvement in the violent death of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli in Donbas in 2014.

Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian and Italian citizen, was  arrested  on June 30, 2017 at Bologna Airport. He is accused of involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli and Russian translator Andrei Mironov in a shooting near Slovyansk on May 24, 2014.

The military denies all allegations. His lawyer Rafaelle Della Valle considers the accusations against Vitaly Markiv baseless and the investigation biased. Ukraine also denies the National Guard soldier to be involved in the death of an Italian reporter.

The prosecution - the parents of the the victim, Italian journalists' organizations - insisted on the version of the premeditated murder of a photojournalist during the war in Donbass.

On September 24, 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky  proposed to the  Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte to form the joint investigation team to investigate the circumstances of the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli. He noted that he expected a comprehensive and objective consideration of the case of Vitaliy Markiv, convicted in Italy.

On October 11, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it  would help appeal the decision  in the Court of Appeal in the case of National Guard Vitaliy Markiv, who was sentenced in Italy to 24 years in prison.

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