Ukrainian lawyer defending Russian serviceman found slain
Suspect directs police to Yuri Grabovsky's body buried in forest
A Ukrainian lawyer, defending a Russian intelligence officer captured in eastern Ukraine, was found dead in a forest near Kyiv Friday.
Yuri Grabovsky's body was discovered with a gunshot wound, buried in a forest 125 kilometres from Kyiv. A suspect in the killing directed police to the grisly find.
"Provisionally, I can say that … (Grabovsky) was killed in a violent way and finished off with a firearm," said Anatoly Matios, Ukraine's chief military prosecutor.
Provisionally, I can say that... (Grabovsky) was killed in a violent way and finished off with a firearm- Anatoly Matios, Ukraine's chief military prosecutor
Grabovsky disappeared March 6 while returning to Kyiv after a business appointment in Odessa, in southern Ukraine.
Ukraine's National Association of lawyers said in a statement "we have all lost a talented, energetic, rational and dedicated attorney."
Russia has long argued there are no active Russian servicemen inside eastern Ukraine. Even though Alexandrov and Yerofeyev admitted they were Russian soldiers, the Kremlin argues they were on leave from their jobs in Russia's military intelligence service.
Their trial was adjourned in early March when Grabovsky didn't show up for court.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this week he was ready to exchange the two Russians for Savchenko.
The idea was part of discussions yesterday between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has said only Putin will decide whether an exchange will take place.
Savchenko's lead lawyer Mark Feygin tweeted today, "Should I consider lawyer Grabovsky's murder as a warning to me?"