The Milan Court of Appeals dropped all charges against Vitaliy Markiv, a soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine, and released him from prison.

As reported by "European Truth", this was written on his Facebook page by Deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko.

"By the decision of the Milan Court of Appeals, Vitaliy Markiv was acquitted of all charges. We all went before that for 3 years, 4 months and 4 days ... Vitaliy Markiv is free and is returning to Ukraine!" Gerashchenko wrote.

Markov was not present at today's meeting of the Milan Court of Appeal due to restrictions on travel in the capital of Lombardy.

Earlier, the court attached to the case file of Vitaliy Markiv an examination of the conversation between the National Guard and his cellmate.

The prosecution alleged that Markov allegedly said "we overwhelmed the reporter." This phrase was in the text of the sentence and was repeatedly repeated by the Italian media as proof of Markiv's guilt.

As you know, in the summer of 2019, a jury in the city of Pavia sentenced Markiv to 24 years in prison for complicity in the murder of Italian Andrea Rockelli and Russian translator Andrei Mironov, who died at the same time.

The deputy commander of the platoon of the first battalion of the Kulchytsky National Guard, Vitaliy Markiv, was detained on June 30, 2017 in Italy on suspicion of killing photojournalist Andrea Rockelli near Slovyansk in May 2014.

He has dual citizenship of Ukraine and Italy, so he was tried under Italian law.

The military denied the allegations and denied involvement in the deaths of Rockelli and his Russian translator, Andrei Mironov, who died at the same time.

The prosecution - the parents of the victim, Italian journalists - insisted on the version of the premeditated murder of a photojournalist.

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