Italian journalistic organizations filed a civil lawsuit against Ukraine in connection with the death of their colleague Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas in 2014, reported Radio Liberty.
Lawyers of the journalistic organizations filed the lawsuit on July 6 during the first court session against the Ukrainian serviceman, Vitaly Markiv, who is thought to be connected with the death of Rocchelli.
The ambassador of Ukraine in Italy, Yevhen Perelygin, is the defendant in the lawsuit. Based on diplomatic sources, the reason for the lawsuit has not been disclosed. Until the next court session, which is scheduled for the 14th of September, diplomats working with the defendant's lawyer Raffaele Della Valle need to develop the course of action.
Ukraine will be represented by the Ukrainian embassy in Italy together with the Ministry of Justice.
Deputy platoon commander senior sergeant Vitaly Markiv was detained on June 30, 2017 in Italy under the suspicions of the murder of photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian partner Andrey Mironov near Sloviansk in 2014.