National guardsman Markiv in court said he is a patriot of Ukraine and will always defend their country

Нацгвардеец Маркив в суде заявил, что является патриотом Украины и будет всегда защищать свою страну

In the court of the Italian city of Pavia, which now must render a verdict on the case of soldier of the national guard Vitaly Marcia, who is accused of involvement in the killing of Italian photographer Andrea Rokkelli in the Donbass in 2014, Ukrainian made the last word. About it reports “Gromadske”.

Markiv said that is the Ukrainian military, a simple soldier, a patriot, and added that he will always protect Ukraine.

The hearing lasted only a few minutes, then the court retired to the deliberation room.

The sentence Marcive must announce today after 15.00 on the Kiev time.

The TV station reports that in trial, there are dozens of Ukrainians, including representatives of the Diaspora, officials, MPs and the mother of the accused.

Soldiers of the National guard of Ukraine Markiv arrested in Bologna on 30 June 2017. He is suspected of involvement in the murder of Rochelle and his Russian interpreter on 24 may 2014 in the area of Slavyansk, Donetsk region.

The Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine told that the criminal proceedings against Marcia Italian law enforcement authorities opened according to the testimony of a French journalist, who provided the video, allegedly confirming the involvement Marcia to killing Rochelle.

Ukrainian law enforcers believe that the death of the Italian and Russians occurred as a result of shelling by the Russian-terrorist forces. In Markiv unit had no mortars that fired on the alleged whereabouts of the journalist, explained in the interior Ministry.

Italian Prosecutor asks court to send Marcia behind bars for 17 years.

“In the case of the guardsman Marcia the prosecution as evidence uses a fake email claiming to be the National guard of Ukraine. In order to refute it, the court of Pavia testified Deputy commander – chief of staff/h 3066 Colonel Konstantin Richtig. The document allegedly on his behalf about the former commander of the NSU Yuri Allenova numerous bugs appeared last year on the Russian propaganda website “Russian spring”… This is another manifestation of hybrid war from the Kremlin, to which Europe is still not used,” – said Avakov.

Ukrainian Diaspora in Italy held protests demanding the release of the national guardsman.