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ROME (AP) — An Italian court has convicted a Ukrainian man who was serving as a volunteer fighter in eastern Ukraine of killing an Italian photographer who was covering the separatist fighting.
The judge in Pavia, Italy, also announced a 24-year prison term for Vitaly Markiv.
Journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian translator were killed and a French photographer was seriously wounded during a mortar attack in 2014.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov tweeted that the ruling Friday was “unfair and shameful” and will be appealed.
Markiv later became a serviceman in Ukraine’s National Guard but at the fighting’s start, the Ukrainian government allowed volunteers to fight.
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Italian news reports said Markiv, 29, who proclaimed his innocence in court, has dual Ukrainian-Italian citizenship and was arrested at an Italian airport in 2017.
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