The body called the supreme court in the areas of the Donetsk region captured by Russian troops sentenced the driver of the medical center of the operational battalion of the 21st separate brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine, Konstantin Sychak, to 26 years in prison. He was accused of allegedly committing war crimes in Mariupol.
The military man was convicted under articles on the use of prohibited means and methods in an armed conflict and cruel treatment of the civilian population in occupied territory (Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), as well as on articles on attempted murder and murder committed by a group of persons based on political and ideological hatred (Part 3 of Article 30; paragraphs “a”, “g”, “l” of Part 2 of Article 105; paragraphs “a”, “g”, “l” of Part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The Russian Investigative Committee reports this.
According to the Investigative Committee, in March 2022, while defending Mariupol, Sychak received an order “to forcibly retain power <...> by committing serious and especially serious crimes, including the murder of civilians not participating in the armed conflict.” While carrying it out, Sychak and other Ukrainian soldiers allegedly fired twice at cars containing civilians. As a result, according to the Investigative Committee, one man was injured and three more died on the spot. The Investigative Committee reports that Sychak allegedly admitted his guilt and repented of his actions.
This is not the first verdict that a Russian-controlled court has handed down to military personnel fighting on the side of Ukraine. On July 9, 2022, the so-called “DPR” court sentenced to death the British Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, as well as the Moroccan Saadoun Brahim. Two months later they were released as a result of a prisoner exchange.
Previously, the courts of the so-called “LPR” and “DPR” sentenced Ukrainian human rights activist, coordinator of the “Without Borders” project Maxim Butkevich to thirteen years in a maximum security colony, Viktor Pokhozey to eight and a half years in prison, Vladislav Shel to eighteen and a half years in prison, military Andrey Neznamov to 12 years in a maximum security colony, to 22 years – serviceman of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Andrey Petrenko, serviceman of the Azov regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine Alexey Kyrkalov – to life imprisonment in a maximum security colony.