On September 25 Russian Maj. Vladimir Starkov who was captured on July 25 near Donetsk at Ukrainian checkpoint with a truck full of ammo was sentenced to 14 years in jail by the decision of Ukrainian judge. This was reported by Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios and later the information was confirmed by Ukrainian media. This was the 1st case when regular Russian army officer was prosecuted.
This is symbolic! Half an hour ago the chairman of court hearing of the District Court of Dzerzhynsk city of Donetsk Region announced the verdict to major of Armed Forces of Russian Federation Starkov for taking part in aggressive war against Ukraine who followed orders of the Chief of Staff of Russian Federation Gerasimov. The verdict came after the request of the public prosecutor of the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office. 14 years in prison and confiscation of property. In the name of Ukraine! In the name of fallen Ukrainian Heroes! In the name of Nadezhda Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko! In the name of the Crimean-Tatar people! In the name of tears of Ukrainian mothers!
– Anatoliy Matios, posted at his Facebook page here
Few minutes later Anatoliy Matios added “Major Starkov admitted his guilt completely in the Ukrainian court! He didn’t sing National Anthem of Russia!”
This happened first time in the Ukrainian history when Russian soldier was found guilty according to Article 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Article 437. Planning, preparation and waging of an aggressive war
1. Planning, preparation or waging of an aggressive war or armed conflict, or conspiring for any such purposes, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of seven to twelve years
2. Conducting an aggressive war or aggressive military operations, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of ten to fifteen years.
– Criminal code of Ukraine
Ruslan Iotko, the driver of the truck who was with Starkov and who accidentally got the truck with ammo to Ukrainian checkpoint taking wrong turn on the way from Donetsk was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ruslan Iotko said to the reporters that he’s not going to appeal and is ready to spend 10 years in prison. He also refused to answer the question about how he was recruited to one of the illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.
Below is the video from the court.
Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine posted information about this case at their website here www.gp.gov.ua
You can find more information on Russian Maj. Stakov in the posts below
Also on August 13 2015 Vladimir Starkov addressed to Putin in a video posted by Security Service of Ukraine. He said that he is Russian Army officer who has been on military service for 19 years, that he wasn’t a combat officer, but was just doing logistics and now Russian Army says that he doesn’t exist. He asked Putin to admit that he was a military and to help to get back home.