18:46 03.07.2017

Ukrainian side receive no motion from Italy on assistance in Rocchelli murder case

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Ukrainian side receive no motion from Italy on assistance in Rocchelli murder case

The Ukrainian side has not received from Italian law-enforcement agencies motions for international assistance in the case involving the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli, Deputy Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) head Evhen Yenin has said.

"We are cooperating actively with Italian law-enforcement agencies, but we have not received yet any request for extradition of any actions involving international legal assistance from the Italian side," Yenin said at a press briefing on Monday in Kyiv.

Yenin added that the PGO has not received any requests to conduct investigatory actions in Ukraine.

As earlier reported, on Saturday, July 1, 2017 Yenin said Ukrainian guardsman Vitaly Markiv was detained on June 30 in Italy on suspicion of killing an Italian photojournalist. He is deputy platoon commander in the battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine named after General Serhiy Kulchytsky, according to member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction and coordinator of the Kulchytsky battalion Andriy Antonyschak has said.

Ukraine's General Consulate in Milan on July 2 asked the Italian court in Pavia, Italy, to provide information about the circumstances of his arrest. Ukraine's Interior Ministry has expressed concern about the matter.

Italian prosecutors in Pavia have begun a criminal investigation into the death in 2014 of the Italian photojournalist and his Russian interpreter, journalist Andrey Mironov in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Donbas. The information was provided by a French journalist, who, in addition to providing video evidence, said National Guard of Ukraine members from Markiv's unit fired on the journalists. Ukrainian investigators said Rocchelli and Mironov had perished after being shelled by combined Russian-separatist forces in the ATO zone.

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