Donetsk, Sep 11 — DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic Supreme Court has sentenced a Ukrainian marine to life imprisonment for willful killing of civilians in Mariupol, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said on Monday.

“The DPR Supreme Court has passed a guilty verdict in the criminal case against 36th Marine Brigade sound ranger/radio telephone operator Igor Taran, 42, ” the press service said. He had been charged with murder, attempted murder and cruel treatment of civilians in occupied territory.

In March 2022, Taran followed his commander Alexander Svinarchuk’s order to deliver small arms fire at four civilians from his combat position in Mariupol, killing two of them outright. Several days later, he fired at a group of six men and a woman. Two men were killed on the spot and the rest managed to escape. 

He will serve his sentence in a maximum security prison.

The case against Svinarchuk who issued orders to fire at civilians is on trial at the DPR Supreme Court.*jk