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Russian citizen sentenced to 12 years in Ukraine — prosecutors

December 14, 2016, 2:53 UTC+3 KIEV
The court verdict, published on the official website of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on Tuesday, does not mention the defendant by name
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KIEV, December 14. /TASS/. A court in eastern Ukraine’s Lugansk region found a Russian national guilty of "waging of an aggressive war" and sentenced him to 12 years in prison, the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office said.

The court verdict, published on the official website of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on Tuesday, does not mention the defendant by name.

According to the verdict, the Russian citizen was found guilty of "planning, preparation and waging of an aggressive war in a group of persons upon prior conspiracy" and of "involvement in a terrorist act" and "was sentenced to a 12-year jail term."

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on November 21 that Ukraine’s Security Service had illegally detained two Russian contract servicemen, warrant officer Maxim Odintsov and contract service junior sergeant Alexander Baranov, in Crimea at about 13:00 Moscow time (10:00 GMT) on November 20 and took them to Ukraine’s Nikolayev Region.

The information was later confirmed by a representative of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, who said that officers of the Ukrainian Security Service used decoys to entice the servicemen into the Dzhankoi checkpoint "allegedly for giving them attested documents confirming their education at Ukraine’s institutions of high learning."

Ukraine’s Security Service said the officers were accused of desertion and state treason.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the situation as "an illegitimate provocation by Ukraine’s intelligence services against Russian citizens on Russia’s territory."

Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova is to ask her Ukrainian counterpart Valeria Lutkovskaya on Wednesday for assistance in soonest release of the two servicemen, currently in custody at a pre-trial detention center in Ukraine’s Nikolayev region.

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