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Ivaschenko was also stripped of the second rank of public official. The court also sentenced the former manager of the reorganization of Feodosiya shipbuilding and mechanical plant, Serhiy Mikheyev, to three years in prison and forbade him to hold public positions for three years. The court announced the sentences on Thursday.

Valeriy Ivaschenko has said that the verdict given by the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv in his trial is unjust."I had no illusions about the verdict. The sentence is identical to the indictment that was written by prosecutors in January 2011.

I have every reason to believe that the sentence is unjust," he said in the courtroom on Thursday after the verdict against him was announced.Ivaschenko described the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine as a "criminal organization" and reminded the judges and prosecutors of criminal liability for illegal and unlawful actions and decisions and noted that "it’s only a matter of time" for them.

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