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Russian pilot sentenced in absentia to 14 years in prison for killing civilian

by Elsa Court October 27, 2023 3:12 PM 2 min read
A signpost of the beginning of the city of “Chernihiv” remains cut by shrapnel from artillery shells on March 19, 2023 in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Photo by Oleksandr Hryvul/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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A court in Chernihiv has sentenced a Russian pilot to 14 years in prison for killing a local civilian last year, the Prosecutor General's Office announced on Oct. 27.

The sentencing was carried out in absentia.  

A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 jet was shot down over Chernihiv on March 5, 2022, amidst the first weeks of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The navigator was killed, but the pilot survived.

A local resident, Vitalii Serhiienko, found the pilot hiding on his property. Despite the fact that Serhiienko was unarmed, the pilot shot him, leaving Serhiienko to die of his injuries.

The pilot was detained by members of the Ukrainian armed forces, and named by Ukraine's Military Intelligence as Aleksandr Krasnoyartsev, a major in the Russian Air Force.

Photos posted on social media appeared to show Krasnoyartsev posing with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, leading Ukrainian investigators to believe it was likely that he took part in Russian engagements in Syria.

However, Krasnoyartsev was later exchanged in a prisoner swap with five Ukrainian pilots, according to Ukrainian Military Intelligence.

The court in Chernihiv found the pilot guilty of violating the laws and customs of war, and committing intentional murder.  

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