Skip to content
Edit post

Ukrainian serviceman receives 20-year Russian prison sentence

by Sonya Bandouil March 7, 2024 3:50 AM 2 min read
Smoke rises from the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol on May 10, 2022, amid Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. (Stringer/AFP via Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.

Become a member Support us just once

A Russian court in Rostov-on-Don has handed a 20-year prison sentence in a maximum-security facility to Dmytro Yevhan, a Ukrainian servicemember who was captured defending the Azovstal steelworks plant in Mariupol.

Serving in the 36th Marine Brigade, Yevhan lost both his hands during the fighting in Mariupol. He faced charges under multiple articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, including mistreatment of prisoners of war, attempted murder, teaching terrorist activities, and violent seizure of power.

The accusations also involved Yevhan allegedly wounding and then mocking a captured officer in Russian-occupied Donetsk Oblast, Viktor Lupatis. Yevhan admitted to wounding Lupatis and apologized, and Lupatis did not end up pressing charges.

Yevhan refuted terrorism allegations, asserting he was acting in defense of his country and fulfilling military duties.

The prosecution sought a 24-year term, but Yevhan received a 20-year sentence. Since the start of the full-scale invasion in 2022, judges in Russia have been doling out increasingly harsh and long prison sentences.

Ukrainian prisoners of war have been subjected to rough conditions and systemic torture in Russia, according to POWs who have been been returned through swaps.

‘20 Days in Mariupol’ can win an Oscar. Will it make the world care about Russian war crimes in Ukraine?
Editor’s Note: This story contains descriptions of graphic scenes. “My brain will desperately want to forget all this,” narrates journalist Mstyslav Chernov over footage he filmed of city workers adding bodies to a mass grave in Mariupol, “but the camera will not let it happen.” At the start of
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
6:30 PM

Media: SBU drones strike airbase, oil refinery in Russia.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in conjunction with the country's new Unmanned Systems Forces, launched a drone attack on Russia's Kushchevskaya military airbase and Slavyansk oil refinery plant overnight, Ukrainska Pravda reported on May 19.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.