Lawyers from the Dnipropetrovsk office of Ukraine’s Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm are providing pro bono legal assistance to Jadwiga Lozinska in connection with what the firm describes as "inactivity of government agencies during searching and establishing [the] location of her son."
According to an Ilyashev & Partners summary, "Andriy Lozinsky did military service as part of the 93rd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In late August 2014, when leaving encirclement under Ilovaisk, connection with the soldier was lost, and the soldier went missing.”
The Battle of Ilovaisk started on August 7, 2014, when the Ukrainian army began an attempt to capture the city from pro-Russian insurgents affiliated with the the Donetsk People's Republic. Government forces were able to enter the city on the 18th, but quickly became encircled by the DPR. After days of encirclement, government forces made an agreement with the insurgents providing for a retreat from the city, but many soldiers nonetheless died in the process.
The Ilyashev & Partners team have provided assistance "in gathering information on the location of Andriy Lozinsky by filing the relevant requests and addresses to the people’s deputies of Ukraine, the representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Security Service.” The firm reports that its team "also represents the interests of Jadwiga Lozinska in criminal proceedings initiated both upon the events under Ilovaisk and directly related to disappearance of [the] missing soldier. During representation, the attorneys of Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm appeal against omissions of the bodies conducting pre-trial investigation [and] initiate investigative actions necessary to establish the truth in the case.”
The firm’s team is led by attorneys Lesia Samarina and Ivan Bozhko
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