A court in České Budějovice sentenced Pavel Kafka to three years in prison suspended for five years for participation in an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, Radio Prague reported on July 2.
27-year-old Kafka served in the DPR People’s Militia in 2015-2016 after being trained in a tank unit, then he served as a driver and shooter. For that, the prosecutor demanded 12 years in prison for his involvement in a “terrorist” organisation.
Kafka did not testify in court, but during the pre-trial proceedings he claimed that he wanted to help civilians, homeless people, or to work in a hospital in eastern Ukraine in the conflict zone. “It seemed to me unfair that people there do not receive any help,” the militiaman said. However, judge Sonya Biskupova Fisherova said that the Czech Republic provided humanitarian aid to the People in Need organization.
The publication stresses that the Czech Republic does not recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and considers them, as well as the Crimea peninsula, which reunited with Russia in 2014, as part of Ukraine.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency