A Russian pilot was detained by civilians in occupied Kherson. A Ukrainian city councilman released him — and now faces charges of treason.

Ukrainian servicemen inspect destroyed equipment left behind by the Russian Army near the Ukrainian border with Russia, on November 5, 2022.
A Kherson city councilman has been accused of treason for releasing a Russian pilot.
Illia Karamalikov’s lawyer has denied the charges, saying he had no other option in the occupied city.
The case highlights an issue facing Ukraine as it investigates accused Russian collaborators.

Shortly after Russian forces captured Kherson in March, a group of civilians detained a Russian pilot, and a local city council member, unsure of what to do with them, decided to release him. He now faces charges of treason from the Ukrainian government.

Kherson, a southern port, was the first major Ukrainian city taken by Russian forces after the invasion in February. The regional capital was held for eight months until Russian officials announced a retreat in November, delivering a humiliating blow to President Vladimir Putin’s war effort and placing the city back…

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