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    Ukrainian Rapist Freed for Participation in Donbass Operation

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    A Ukrainian serviceman, sentenced to 4 years in jail for raping an underage girl, will not serve his time because a district court in Kiev region regarded his participation in a military operation in Donbass as a mitigating circumstance.

    The incident occurred on July 2015 in Mlachevka village where the culprit was conducting his military service. After his daily duty the drunken man attacked a local girl who tried to fight back and bit the rapist multiple times.

    The serviceman insisted he was innocent throughout the whole legal process, but the investigation team had collected enough evidence, and the court eventually found him guilty of sexual assault of a minor.

    The court demanded that the culprit pays the injured party 3 thousands hryvnas (about 120 dollars) for emotional distress damages and sentenced him to 4 years in prison.  

    However, as the court was delivering judgment, it said the fact that the culprit participated in an antiterrorist operation in eastern Ukraine should be considered a mitigating factor. The man also has a wife and two children, but his mental and physical health were deemed satisfactory.

    As a result, the serviceman was freed from serving his sentence facing only a two-year probation period.

    Recently, the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) passed an amnesty law, freeing participants in combat actions in Donbass who were not sentenced for grave or extremely grievous crimes.

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