The first verdict in the case of failure to repulse an attack by the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been rendered in Russia. According to Kommersant, the defendants in the case were Lieutenant Colonel Anatoly Bondarev and Major Dmitry Dmitrakov.
For violating the rules of combat duty to repel a surprise attack on Russian territory, they received four years in prison instead of the prescribed ten and retained their officer ranks. The decision was made by the Second Western District Military Court in Moscow.
The case was considered behind closed doors.
It was associated with an attack on the Belgorod region in the spring of 2022. Then, near the village of Staraya Nelidovka, an ammunition depot caught fire. Regional authorities reported that explosions were heard on the night of April 27. According to investigators, the officers put on trial did not prevent the Ukrainian Armed Forces from attacking Russian territory, and as a result of the attack, seven servicemen were killed, another 43 were injured, 15 pieces of equipment were destroyed, and another 30 pieces were damaged.
Bondarev and Dmitrakov did not admit guilt.
The officers faced 10 years in prison, but they had already served more than a year and a half in prison while they were under investigation and awaiting trial. In addition, both convicts will be able to apply for parole.
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