Disinfo: Italian court released Ukrainian soldier Markiv because of the UK interference


Italy has released Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv because of UK pressure on the Italian court. This again proves that Ukraine is under British control. The slogan #freemarkiv was also used to add pressure and it was Pan-European action against the Italian court.


This case fits several pro-Kremlin narratives against Ukraine and its western allies. They claim the Italian court is not independent and Ukraine is a state which is controlled from abroad, this time alleging the UK is "pulling the strings".

Vitaliy Markiv was sentenced to 24 years of prison in Italy for his alleged involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter Andrei Mironov in Donbas in May 2014.

The Court of Appeal on November 3 acquitted Markiv and ordered him to be released from prison. In the Court of Appeal, new evidence was presented, including a part of the documentary "The Wrong Place" directed by a military correspondent from Italy, Cristiano Tinazzi and impartial analysis of the facts which was released in early October this year, by a working group composed of members from Russia (Memorial Human Rights Centre), France (Centre de la protection Internationale) and Ukraine (The Centre for Civil Liberties). Incidentally, there was no participation from the United Kingdom.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that the Ukrainian government lost independence and must obey orders from Washington and Brussels and that Ukraine came under British control.


  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy, UK, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine


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