Donetsk, Mar 28 — DAN. A gunman of the Ukrainian nationalistic battalion “Azov” has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a civilian in the city of Mariupol last year, the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee (SK) reported on Tuesday.

“The Donetsk People’s Republic Supreme Court, on the strength of the evidence gathered by military investigators, has delivered a verdict in the case against Dmitry Smitiya of Ukrainian army unit 3057, Eastern Operations and Territorial Formation of Ukraine’s National Guard (Nationalistic ‘Azov’ regiment banned in Russia), ” the SK said. “He was found guilty of murder, use of banned methods in armed conflict and cruel treatment of civilians.”

Last spring, the gunman was at a position on the third floor of an apartment buidling in Azovstalskaya Street in Mariupol. On March 24, a local resident came there to offer food. Smitiya said that no help was needed and told her to leave pushing her out of the house entrance with the butt of his rifle. The next day, the woman came to express her displeasure over rude treatment, and he shot her in the back. Smitiya was sentenced to 20 years in a maximum security penitentiary.

Earlier reports said that Ukrainian servicemen had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing two Mariupol civilians.*jk