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Kharkiv resident gets life in prison for coordinating deadly Russian missile attack

A fire burns following Russian strikes on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Feb. 24, 2022. (Video screenshot)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

A court in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv sentenced a local resident to life in prison for helping coordinate a deadly Russian missile attack in March 2022, the Ukrainian Prosecutor-General’s Office said on November 13.

Media reports identified the man as Denys Panikarov, who was found guilty of treason, justifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the illegal fabrication of a firearm, and illegal use of a firearm.

The man pleaded not guilty. On March 1 last year, one of Russia’s missiles hit a site near Kharkiv’s city administration, killing at least 30 people.