15:38 01.07.2017

Ex-Ukrainian servicemen, suspect of killing Italian photographer near Sloviansk in 2014, detained in Italy

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Ex-Ukrainian servicemen, suspect of killing Italian photographer near Sloviansk in 2014, detained in Italy

Former Ukrainian serviceman Vitaliy Markiv, who is suspected of killing Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli near the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, in May 2014, was arrested in Italy, Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin said on Saturday.

"The Prosecutor General's Office was astounded with arrest of Ukrainian serviceman Vitaliy Markiv in Italy on suspicion put forward by the Prosecutor Office of the city of Pavia of killing photojournalist Anrea Rocchelli near the city of Sloviansk in May 2014," Yenin said on Facebook.

He recalled that an investigation into the death of Italian citizen Rocchelli and his Russian partner Andrei Mironov is underway in Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian side, journalists were killed in a shelling conducted by the troops of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Yenin said.

"The Prosecutor General's Office actively cooperates with the Italian counterparts in this investigation, provides them with the outcomes of questioning of witnesses, the results of examinations, and so forth," he said.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has already requested the Italian authorities to provide substantiated proof of Markiv's guilt or release him immediately, he said.

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