Lieutenant colonel of the Russian army, pilot Maxim Kryshtopa will be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners. This was reported on March 13 by Ukrayinska Pravda.
On March 3 this year, a court in Ukraine sentenced Krishtop, deputy commander of an aviation regiment of the Russian army, to 12 years for violating the laws and customs of war. In March 2022, he dropped two bombs on the Kharkov TV tower with a total weight of 2.5 tons of TNT.
After that, his plane was shot down. Krishtop himself ejected and was detained. He spent almost a year in a pre-trial detention center, first in Kharkov and then in Kyiv.
Now it became known that the Dzerzhinsky Court of Kharkov granted the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine to release Kryshtop from punishment. This means that he will remain under observation as a prisoner of war and then be exchanged. Terms of the upcoming exchange have not yet been announced.
On March 11, the captured Russian pilot Maxim Krishtop said that he managed to make three flights to the territory of Ukraine and during one of them dropped 4 tons of high-explosive bombs on residential buildings of civilians.
He understood that the goal was not enemy military facilities, but residential buildings and civilians, but he carried out the criminal order.
At that press conference, Cristop said that Russia had already lost the war.
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