The court hearing in criminal proceedings on charge the Commander of the RF Black Sea Fleet Alexander Vitko with direct participation in the annexation of Crimea, will be held in the Dnipro District Court of Kyiv on October 6.
The Russian Admiral will be tried in absentia. The Dnipro District Court of Kyiv granted the corresponding petition of the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office yesterday, September 27, the military prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko reports, as cited by Cenzor.net.
“The judges' decision entitles us to hear the case per se, without involvement of the accused,” said Kravchenko.
The military prosecutor noted that Vitko willfully and unreasonably refuses to appear in court and goes into hiding in order to evade justice.
“He was put on the state wanted list and is now in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine,” said Ruslan Kravchenko.
On April 28, Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office reported that Alexander Vitko charged with committing a very serious crime against Ukraine is hiding from the investigation. He was put on the wanted list, and the Kyiv Court gave permission for his arrest.
The Prosecutor General's Office accuses Vitko of planning, preparing and taking active part in the conduct of a war of aggression against Ukraine, which led to violation of its territorial integrity and caused damages to all objects of state property worth more than UAH 1 trillion. Furthermore, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, the Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet personally incited Ukrainian officers to commit treason.
Alexander Vitko had already been summoned for questioning to be held June 15, 2016, but he did not appear and answer to the charge.