Serbian national charged in Ukraine with assisting Russians in Crimea occupation in 2014
Ukrainian prosecutors have served a Serbian citizen with a suspicion notice, charging him with assistance to the Russians in their actions aimed at the occupation of Crimea in 2014.
"During the pretrial investigation, it was established that throughout February-March 2014, a citizen of the Republic of Serbia, being a scout for the illegal armed group of the 'Severnyi Veter' [Northern Wind] recon group that was part of the so-called 'Sevastopol 'Self-Defense', helped the occupying authorities to establish control over the strategic objects in Crimea, power lines and gas pipeline points near Sevastopol, as well as engaged in 'patrolling' the city," according to the website of the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
The Serbian national is being charged under Part 2 of Article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (creation of armed groups unforeseen by law or participation in their activities).
The man, whose name has not been revealed, is facing three to eight years in prison.