Court to deliver verdict on Russian GRU officers Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov on April 18

The Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv will pass sentence on Russian GRU operatives Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov on April 18.

Chairing judge Mykola Didyk said, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, the judges retired to the deliberation room.

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"They will end the deliberations approximately on Monday, after 2 p.m.," judge Didyk said.

In his final statement Yerofeyev said he pleaded not guilty and denied all charges. In addition, he noted he testified previously under pressure. Aleksandrov joined in the words of Yerofeyev and added the case against them was allegedly politically motivated.

As reported earlier, Russia's GRU officers Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev were captured by Ukrainian soldiers near the town of Shchastia on May 16, 2015. On May 20, they were charged with suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity in the so-called "LPR."

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On May 22, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv remanded the aforementioned officers in a two-month custody.

In a conversation with OSCE SMM monitors, Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov admitted they had previously performed tasks in eastern Ukraine, following orders of Russia's military leadership.

Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov said the MOD expected the detained Russian citizens to be released, noting that Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were "former" Russian military. In turn, Putin's press secretary Peskov demanded the release of the Russian soldiers.
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