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"Today we've learnt the tragic news. Lawyer Yuriy Hrabovskiy has been found dead. The suspects in this crime have been detained, and we hope that all those involved in the murder of our colleague will be punished," the association said in a statement on Friday.

According to Oksana Sokolovska, the lawyer of another Russian GRU officer Yevgeniy Yerofeyev, Hrabovskiy's body was found buried near the road.

At the same time, an informed source told UNIAN that Hrabovskiy's body had been found in Cherkasy region.

НААУ в скорботі за вбитим Юрієм Грабовським Сьогодні ми дізналися трагічну звістку. Адвокат Юрій Грабовський знайдений...

Опубликовано Національна асоціація адвокатів України /Ukrainian National Bar Association 24 марта 2016 г.

As UNIAN reported earlier, police in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa launched an investigation into the disappearance of the lawyer of a Russian citizen who is on trial for allegedly fighting alongside pro-Russian militants in Ukraine's east.

Yuriy Hrabovskiy, who stayed in a local hotel, went missing on March 5.

On March 20, Chief Military Prosecutor in Ukraine Anatoliy Matios said that one of the suspects had been detained at Odesa airport. The suspect is a Ukrainian citizen, who claims that Russian's special services are involved in the kidnapping of Hrabovskiy and they have channeled "dozens of thousands of dollars" into the special operation, the prosecutor said.