On March 12, Zhovtnevyi District Court of Kharkiv sentenced three terrorists known as “Kharkiv Partisans” to imprisonment for a series of seven terrorist acts in 2014-2015.
It has been proved that the terrorists shot at military commissariats and volunteer offices, performed arsons and explosions at railway stations and attempted to blow up the oil base near Kharkiv. But not only did “Kharkiv Partisans” commit terrorist acts, they also made videos of them to intimidate Kharkivites. Later the videos, uploaded on Youtube, provided evidence of their criminal activity.
According to the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of Kharkiv, two of the three terrorists, 36 and 38-year-old Serhiy Veselov and Vyacheslav Yevtukhov, refused to cooperate with the investigation and did not admit their guilt. They were sentenced to 11 years in prison with confiscation of property.
The third convict, 28-year-old Dmytro Voloshko, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment as the court took into account his sincere repentance and recognition of guilt as mitigating circumstances.
Part of the prison time will be cut by the so-called “Savchenko’s law:” one day of pre-trial detention is considered as two days of imprisonment. Therefore the convicts will spend 7 and 2 years in prison, respectively.
Lawyer Oleh Holovkov added that the guilty will have to compensate the material damage to the victims of 150,000 to 320,000 UAH. Oleh Holovkov also was a victim of the terrorists – in September 2014 they fired at his office, where he worked as a lawyer and collected aid for ATO soldiers as a volunteer.
Text: Olena Sokolynska