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Death of Commander-in-Chief's aide: court imposes pre-trial restriction

Monday, 11 December 2023, 17:24
Death of Commander-in-Chief's aide: court imposes pre-trial restriction

A court has imposed personal recognisance as a pre-trial restriction on Oleh Timchenko, a senior aide of the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces. Timchenko gave some grenades to Zaluzhnyi's aide Hennadii Chastiakov as a present, which later led to his death.

Source: press service of the Specialised Defence Prosecutor's Office of the Central Region, in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda

Quote: "The appeal was considered on 4 December. As a result of the consideration, a pre-trial restriction in the form of personal recognisance was imposed on the defendant."


Previously: On 9 November, the Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv decided not to impose a pre-trial restriction on Timchenko.

The Special Prosecutor's Office stated at the time that it would appeal the court's decision.


  • Hennadii Chastiakov, a 39-year-old serviceman, was killed on the evening of Monday, 6 November, when a grenade exploded at his home in the village of Chaiky in Kyiv Oblast. His 13-year-old son was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The deceased was an aide to Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 
  • Zaluzhnyi confirmed the death of his aide Chastiakov under tragic circumstances and expressed his condolences to the family.
  • Hennadii Chastiakov’s widow said the grenade that exploded in her husband’s hands had been in a gift bag that he had brought home. On 6 November, Chastiakov was celebrating his birthday.
  • A Ukrainska Pravda source in the General Staff noted that Chastiakov had graduated from the Military Academy in Odesa and knew exactly how to handle a grenade.
  • Ihor Klymenko, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, said that preliminary information from the investigation suggests Major Chastiakov pulled the pin from the grenade he had been given, causing the explosion.
  • The man who gave him the grenades told the investigation he had warned Chastiakov that the grenades were real.

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