: Verdict for Russian special forces officers coming into force

10:37 May. 23, 2016

Verdict for Russian special forces officers coming into force

Russian captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and sergeant Aleksander Aleksandrov during a court hearing at Holosiivskyi district court in Kiev on April 18, 2016. (GettyImages)

One day for lawyers to decide on the appeal against the judge's decision

"It will come into force at 23:59 on May 23, we can say that in fact it will happen on May 24," Aleksandrov's lawyer Valentyn Rybin said. He said that the lawyers had another full day to decide on the appeal against the verdict. At the same time, he noted that "no decisions had been taken so far."

Russia's Justice Ministry gets documents for Savchenko's return to Ukraine. In turn, Yerofeyev's lawyer Oksana Sokolovska said she would not appeal. "This is a final decision. There will be no appeal," she said.

Russian servicemen Aleksandrov and Yerofeev were captured in the Luhansk region in May 2015. They have been accused of several crimes. Among the charges is murder of a Ukrainian soldier, creating a terrorist group and waging aggressive war against the country.

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The prosecutors demanded 15 years in prison for them. However, the servicemen could be exchanged for Ukrainians held by the Kremlin. In a recent statement President Poroshenko said he was ready to transfer the soldiers to Russia in return for the release of Nadiya Savchenko.

On April 18th both men were convicted of conducting aggressive war and participating in terrorist organizations, and sentenced to 14 years in prison and asset seizure.

Reported by UNIAN

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