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Witness in killed Ukrainian lawyer's case found dead

Serhiy Fedosenko's body was found in Odesa.

Witness in killed Ukrainian lawyer's case found dead
Serhiy Fedosenko
Photo: facebook.com/fedosenko.sp

Serhiy Fedosenko, a witness in the murder case of lawyer Yuriy Hrabovskyy, has been found dead, lawyer Oksana Sokolovska has said. Fedosenko was her assistant and the last person to see Hrabovskyy in his office in Kyiv.

"On 5 January 2017, I received a call from the Missing Persons Service which invited me to identify the corpse looking similar to Serhiy Fedosenko. I had to put my family plans aside and go to the National Police. The corpse found in Odesa was registered in the database as unidentified, Fedosenko's mother refused to come and identify it for reasons unclear to me and investigators. The corpse looks very similar (90 per cent) to my assistant and witness in the murder case of Yura Hrabovskyy," she said on Facebook.

Sokolovska reported Fedosenko missing on 31 October 2016.

Hrabovskyy went missing in March 2016. Two days after his disappearance, he came to his office accompanied by unidentified men when Sokolovskyy's assistant Fedosenko was there. Hrabovskyy was later found dead. Two suspected killers were detained in late March. Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court is hearing Hrabovskyy's case behind closed doors.

Lawyer Hrabovskyy defended Russian intelligence officer Aleksandr Aleksandrov who, together with another officer Yevgeniy Yerofeyev, was detained in eastern Ukraine in May 2015. Sokolovska was Yerofeyev's lawyer. Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev were later exchanged for Ukrainian serviceman and MP Nadiya Savchenko held in Russia.