"The times are very dynamic these days. I adhere to the principle that every Ukrainian should have a weapon and be able to preserve or protect their lives in case troubled times come," he told 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Matios confirmed that he kept a service weapon since his status of a military serviceman gives him such right.

Read alsoRussian forces in Donbas almost equal those of all NATO allies in Europe – Ukraine official"This is my service weapon. I have the right to carry, keep and use it," the chief military prosecutor said. He also stressed that he had used weapons only at a shooting range and a training ground.