The court of the Donetsk People’s Republic issued two sentences in a criminal case against military personnel of the National Azov Regiment banned in Russia* by Andrei Pilyavsky and Roman Kharchenko
Photo: Svetlana MAKOVEEVA
“The investigation and the court established that Pilyavsky and Kharchenko, along with other servicemen, were temporarily stationed in the city of Mariupol. On March 5, 2022, they entered a combat post located in one of the apartments of a residential building. The “Azovites”* found a man in civilian clothes in the house opposite. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the military personnel of the armed formations of Ukraine about their positions in the houses where civilians live, ”said the details of the case, the official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko.
In response, the nationalists, knowing for sure that the person in their field of vision was not a participant in the armed conflict, shot him 20-30 times from a stationary weapon. The man survived thanks to a good reaction: he managed to duck and drop to the ground, thus getting out of the line of fire.
Kharchenko and Pilyavsky were found guilty of ill-treatment of the civilian population and the use of methods prohibited in an armed conflict, as well as attempted murder. Each was sentenced to 13 years in prison to be served in a penal colony with a strict regime.
*Recognized as a terrorist and banned in Russia