Two men accused of being Russian special forces have been found guilty of waging an ‘aggressive war’ by a Ukrainian court.
Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov were captured in eastern Ukraine last May, reports the BBC, but Russia claimed they were no longer active members of the military.
The pair have been sentenced to 14 years in prison for committing a terrorist act and using weapons to provoke an armed conflict.
The men had pleaded innocent to the charges, but before their trial one of their lawyers was found dead. Yuriy Hrabovsky was reportedly savagely beaten by his kidnappers.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reportedly suggested to Moscow that a prisoner exchange take place.
Yerofeyev and Alexandrov could potentially be swapped for Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko, who was convicted by a Russian court on charges related to the death of two Russian journalists.
Trained pilot Savchenko was captured by separatists in 2015 and accused of directing artillery fire which caused the death of the journalists.
According to the BBC, Savchenko is on hunger strike to protest against her mistreatment at Russian hands.
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