Ukrainian authorities announced today that they have sentenced three men to 15 years in prison for joining militias in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has announced that a court in Ukraine has found three men "guilty of treason" and of collaborating with Russia's "armed aggression" against Ukraine. The SBU said that the jailed men were captured at the end of March in the town of Viljivka, in the Kharkiv region.
They added that the three men "are part of the illegal armed formation of the Russian occupation forces", stating that they "received military training" in Donetsk.
"After that, they were sent to the Russian city of Belgorod for intensive military training at a military base and returned to Ukraine, after which they were sent to Kharkiv, where they were quickly captured by Ukrainian defenders", the statement said.
Adding: "Pre-trial investigations were conducted by SBU investigators in Ivano-Frankivsk region with operation support of the National Police and under procedural guidance of the General Prosecutor's Office."