Poroshenko considers ‘General Nazarov’s case’ as scenario for Russia to avoid responsibility for war crimes

The case against Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nazarov is a precedent that could have far-reaching consequences for Ukraine’s defense capability, fifth President of Ukraine (2014-2019), leader of the European Solidarity party Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

“I am closely following the case of General Nazarov. I understand its moral and legal complexity. I feel the public resonance. I also share the pain of the relatives of the Ukrainian soldiers who died on board the Il-76. Putin killed them. Moreover, he is going to continue to fight with Ukraine,” Poroshenko said.

He said that for Russia, shifting responsibility to the Ukrainian military in the Il-76MD plane crash in Donbas in June 2014, as a result of which 49 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed, is an ideal way to avoid punishment for war crimes.

“I am convinced that the Russian General Staff is rubbing their hands, as responsibility for the Russian crime has been transferred to a Ukrainian general. It is ideal for the aggressor. And the Wagner members, among whom were those who were directly involved in the downing of planes, were returned to Putin [Russian President Vladimir Putin] by Russian ‘moles’ in the President’s Office of Ukraine a few hours before they were to be in the hands of Ukrainian justice. Human lives are above all, this is undeniable. But the Nazarov case is a precedent that could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s defense capability,” Poroshenko said.

As reported, on the night of June 14, 2014, a military transport aircraft of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Il-76 was shot down by anti-aircraft missile system while landing at an airfield in Luhansk. There were 40 Ukrainian servicemen and nine crew members on board of the Il-76. They all died. The Verkhovna Rada has created a temporary commission of inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the destruction of the Il-76 aircraft. Major General of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nazarov was handed a suspicion of official negligence, which led to the death of 49 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during their redeployment by the Il-76 military transport aircraft to Luhansk.

In March 2017, Nazarov was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison. On December 14, 2020, Dniprovsky Court of Appeal upheld the verdict.

(c) Interfax

5 comments

  • I also share the pain of the relatives of the Ukrainian soldiers who died on board the Il-76. Putin killed them. Moreover, he is going to continue to fight with Ukraine,” Poroshenko said.

    At least someone is not afraid of speaking the truth in Ukraine. The spineless lump Ukraine now have a president, should take note of these words.

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    • Poro is Ukraine’s Churchill. Zel is Chamberlain at best. Medvechuk is the Ukr equivalent of William Joyce; aka Lord Haw Haw. He deserves the same fate as Haw Haw.

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      • I’m not sure Chamberlain would have released German terrorists during wartime.

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        • Quite right. Unforgivable.
          Both Poro and Zel are guilty of inexplicably allowing a foreign fascist power to dominate the broadcast media; thus acting as enablers for Russian jackboots still being planted on Ukrainian throats.
          Intolerable state of affairs.

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  • Well, as much as I want Porochenko back, as he is much better than Zelensky: Churchill wouldn’t have appointed Skokin and Lutsenko. Or what about Avakov?

    And after the reshuffle, when Yatsenyuk was replaced by Groysman, the reforms had already stalled. Only until 2016 there was progress, but it was Porochenko that killed these.

    Porochenko basically did the same as Zelensky: he started his term with a dream team. But when the reform train was on steam, there suddenly was a reshuffle.

    I think both Zelensky and Porochenko stated their terms with the best intentions. But neither of them could resist the pressure of oligarchs.

    I give credits to Porochenko for the army reform, but also to Turnychov that helped the arms industry to develop. They effectively saved the country.

    But they were both unsuccessful at combating corruption, but indeed, when you watch Zelensky mess up basically everything he can possibly mess up, Porochenko looks a lot better than he did a year ago. In fact, I rooted for Zelensky, even though it was a gamble, as I thought it couldn’t be worse than Porochenko after the Groysman reshuffle. But I couldn’t be more wrong.

    In fact, neither of them were able to root out corruption. I still hope for a Saakashvili guy, not the insane one of today, but the way he was back in 2004.

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