: Militant leader Plotnitskiy to be sentenced by default
Society15:57 Jul. 6, 2016
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Militant leader Plotnitskiy to be sentenced by default

Russian-backed separatists are charged of downing Ukrainian military plane Il-76 killing 49 people 

Judged and sentenced by default. This is how the leaders of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic are set to be responsible for the crash of military aircraft Il-76 of the Ukrainian Air Force.

Two years ago, on June 14 2014, Russian-backed separatist forces downed the plane with anti-aircraft missile, killing 49 people on board. Then-leader of terrorist battalion "Zarya" and current leader of self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic Ihor Plotnitsky and his deputy chief are declared as suspected criminals involved in the attack.

Ukraine's Secret Service is set to declare its suspicion by default, that is publishing the document on their official website, as well as printing it in the newspaper "Governmental Courier", a daily edition covering Ukraine's executive branch affairs.

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According to the Ukrainian Criminal Code, everyone involved in the terrorist attack may be sentenced to life imprisonment, if proven guilty. Apart from Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine's Chief of the General Staff Viktor Nazarov is also charged with duty negligence. In particular, he is said to have sent the plane to the dangerous zone despite knowing about the terrorist ambush.

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