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Ukrainian Prosecutors Seeks 15 Years In Jail For Russian Nationals

Prosecutors in Ukraine are demanding 15-year jail terms for two Russian nationals charged with fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Addressing a court in Kyiv on April 15, prosecutors also said that Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerefeyev should be stripped of any assets they may hold in Ukraine.

Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev again denied their guilt. They retracted previous video statements admitting they were on active duty with the Russian military when they were captured in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine in May 2015.

The two said on April 15 that the statements were made under duress.

Moscow claims the two men were not active service members of the country’s armed forces at the time they were detained by Ukrainian forces.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax