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21.12.2007

Details emerge regarding the death of a conscript

   

The Kharkiv Region Military Prosecutor has instituted criminal proceedings over the death of 18-year-old conscript Yury Stashchenko who died from a blow inflicted by a fellow soldier.

As reported here Yury Stashchenko was killed on 20 December in the 61st arsenal of the Southern Operational Command for Land Troops (Loziv, Kharkiv region).  The person suspected of inflicting the fatal injury has been detained.

The unit’s commandeer has been suspended for the period of the investigation. He refused to comment on the events. Soldiers were prepared to talk about it only with their backs to the camera.

The Military Prosecutor states that they were initially informed by the unit that a soldier had died of an epileptic attack. However after the autopsy, it was stated that the cause of death had been a blow in the region of the heart.

The investigators have established that in the morning when two rank and file soldiers began abusing each other, a third soldier tried to calm them down. 

“He pushed them apart, and, let’s say, with an incorrect understanding of educational purpose, inflicted a blow with his fist from which the young lad died on the spot”, Mykola Rudyak, Head of the Investigative Unit of the Kharkiv Region Military Prosecutor’s office explained.

The crime is being classified as murder.

Based on material from TV5  5 канал

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