Ukrainian serviceman, suspect of killing Italian photographer near Sloviansk, detained in Italy
Ukrainian serviceman Vitaliy Markiv, who is suspect of killing Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli near the town of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, in May 2014, was arrested in Italy, according to Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin.
Yenin said the Prosecutor General's Office was astounded with the arrest of Markiv on suspicion put forward by the Prosecutor Office of the town of Pavia.
"Ukrainian law enforcers are investigating the death of Italian citizen Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian counterpart Andrey Mironov. The Prosecutor General's Office actively cooperates with the Italian counterparts in this investigation, providing them with the outcomes of questioning of witnesses, the results of examinations, etc.," Yenin wrote on Facebook.
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"The Prosecutor General's Office has already requested the Italian authorities to provide substantiated proof of Markiv's guilt or release him immediately," Yenin said.
According to the social media, Markiv is a volunteer of the 1st battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine named after General Serhiy Kulchytsky.
As earlier reported, a group of foreign journalists came under mortar fire near Sloviansk on May 24, 2014. Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter were killed.