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Ukraine sentences Russian commandoes to 14 years in prison

Russian intelligence operatives have been found guilty of terrorism.

Ukraine sentences Russian commandoes to 14 years in prison

Kyiv’s Holosiyivsky district court has sentenced Russian special operations servicemen Yevgeniy Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov to 14 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

The verdict was announced by presiding judge Mykola Didyk on Monday, 18 April.

During the hearings, Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov retracted the testimonies they had given during the pre-trial investigation, pleaded not guilty and asked for acquittal.

"Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov are found guilty [...] of conducting an aggressive war by the previous concert of a group of people, assisting the activities of a terrorist organization by the previous concert of a group of people [...] committing a terror attack [...], using weapons to provoke a military conflict by the previous concert of a group of people," a representative of the panel of judges read out a part of the judgment on Monday afternoon.

The verdict also holds that both Russians were found guilty of smuggling, illegal crossing of the Ukrainian state border, illegal weapons storage and circulation.

Russian special operations servicemen Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev were detained in the antiterrorist operation area in Luhansk Region on 16 May 2015. The prosecutors charged them with illegal border crossing and a terror attack on the positions of the 92nd brigade.