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Testimony in case of Ukrainian military detained in Italy was given by French journalist - Ministry of Internal Affairs

05.07.2017, 09:16

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the National Guards of Ukraine are concerned about the arrest of vice-head of a platoon of the Kulchytskyi First Operative Battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine, senior sergeant Vitaliy Markiv in Italy, who was detained on June 30 as a person suspected of murder of photojournalist, citizen of Italy, Andrea Rocelli and his Russian colleague Andrey Mironov near Slovyansk in 2014. This information was published at the Ministry of Internal Affairs' website.

The prosecutor's office of Pavia city (Lombardia region) started a criminal proceeding based on information from a French journalist concerning the circumstances of death of Italian and Russian journalists in 2014 in the ATO zone.

As a part of this proceeding, the French journalist said that the death of the journalists mentioned above was caused by use of weapons by the unit of the National Guard where the detained Vitaliy Markiv served. In addition, the French journalist presented to the investigators some footage he filmed.

As the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine claims, based on the Ukrainian investigation, the death of the two journalists was caused by artillery shelling by Russian-terrorist troops.

Senior sergeant Vitaliy Markiv came to Italy for his scheduled vacation. No official information about the arrest was received by the National Guards.

The General Prosecutor's office of Ukraine works to establish all details of the detainment within the framework of international legal cooperation.

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