15:03 Mar. 15, 2016
Mykola Karpyuk accused of participating in Chechen war on trial in Grozny
Ukrainian political prisoner Mykola Karpyuk wrote a letter in the pre-trial detention centre in Chechnya and thanked Ukrainians for their support.
He wrote: "My dear Ukrainians, brothers and sisters! I'm deeply touched by the support and solidarity you have shown towards me. Thank you all sincerely. I bow down in my gratitude towards Ukraine. Don't be sad that we failed to meet. My soul, heart and mind - all my being is with you. We are truly a great nation. That's why the victory will be ours! With a sincere brotherly love."
51-year-old Mykola Karpyuk and 42-year-old Stanislav Klykh are currently held in the Russian republic of Chechnya. They are accused of killing Russian soldiers in the 1990s alongside Chechen separatists.
The men, who are considered political prisoners by Ukraine, say they charges against them have been fabricated.