RIA News reports that during the court session the Russians declared their readiness to testify, “if there is such a need”. At the same time, one of the Russians, Yevgeny Yerofeyev, made claims to the judge, stating that he did not understand the grounds on which he was called “a soldier” during the trial. The Kiev judge did not answer Yerofeyev’s question.
Recall that earlier in a Kiev court, it was decided to extend the arrest of two Russians until January 2 2016. Lawyers Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev declared that they would apply to higher authorities with the aim of Russians recognizing “prisoners of war”. At the same time, Ukrainian lawyers motivate their initiative by the fact that criminal prisoners cannot be initiated against prisoners of war on the basis of the Geneva Convention.
The prosecutor, speaking at the trial, filed charges against Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev under several articles of the criminal code of Ukraine. Here is a list of articles:
h. 2 Art. 28 (committing a crime by a group of persons, a group of persons in a preliminary conspiracy, an organized group or a criminal organization),
h. 2 Art. 437 (waging aggressive war or aggressive military action),
h. 2 Art. 201 (smuggling),
h. 2 art. 332-1 (violation of the procedure for entering and leaving the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine),
h. 1 Art. 263 (carrying, storing, purchasing, transferring or selling a firearm weapons, ammunition, explosives without a statutory permit),
h. 1 Art. 258-3 (creating a terrorist group or terrorist organization, leading it),
h. 3 Art. 258 (terrorist act).
however, the Russians did not admit their guilt on any of the listed points. This is reported by the Ukrainian TV channel TSN.
Recall that, according to official data of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev previously served in the units of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, but at the time of their arrest on the territory of Ukraine, they were no regular military servicemen of the Russian army.