Markiv Sentenced to 24 Years in Italy for Murder of Photographer in Donbas
The Ukrainian National Guard member has denied all charges
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Ukrainian National Guard member Vitaliy Markiv was found guilty of murder in an Italian court.
Markiv was accused of the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas in 2014. The judge let Markiv give a final statement before the final verdict was rendered.
Markiv denied the charges by saying that he is a simple Ukrainian soldier, a patriot, and added that he would always defend Ukraine.
According to a Hromadske correspondent, the final statement hearing lasted 3 minutes.
Vitaliy Markiv, who has dual citizenship with Ukraine and Italy, has been in custody since June 30, 2017 when he was arrested at the airport in Bologna. He was accused of the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian translator, Andrey Mironov, by prior arrangement with a group of people. They died as a result of a mortar shelling on May 24, 2014, at the foot of the Karachun Mountain near Sloviansk, in territory controlled by militants at the time.