: Ukraine receives no request from Moscow to extradite captured Russian special forces officers

17:19 May. 24, 2016

Ukraine receives no request from Moscow to extradite captured Russian special forces officers

Russian special forces servicemen Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev are sentenced to 14 years behind bars and asset seizure (UNIAN Photo)

14-year prison sentence for Russian soldiers came into force on May 23

So far Ukraine hasn't received a request from Russia for extradition of Russian servicemen Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev. This is stated by Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko.

"The Ministry of Justice can only receive requests for extradition and transfer of certain citizens of another country to serve their sentences within the territory of the country in question. So far, no relevant requests to transfer these two Russian citizens to Russia under the Convention [on the transfer of sentenced persons] have been received by the Ministry", Petrenko explained.

Amnesty general tools "envisage turning to the pardon commission under Ukraine's President", says Petrenko. 

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"However, I don't have any information that such requests regarding these two persons were received", the Minister continued.

Russian special forces servicemen Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev are sentenced to 14 years behind bars and asset seizure.

The men were captured in May 2015 in Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, and charged with murdering a Ukrainian soldier. On April 18, the Kyiv district court found them guilty of waging 'an aggressive war', participating in terrorist organizations, and launching deadly attacks on Ukrainian soldiers. The judgement entered in force yesterday, May 23.

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.

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