The Prosecutor's Office charged on Tuesday Bosnian national Gavrilo Stevic for illegal participation in paramilitary units outside of the country and the indictment has been forwarded to the State Court for confirmation.
According to the prosecution, the 53-year-old resident of the northern city of Banja Luka left Bosnia in 2014 and departed to Moscow from the Belgrade International Airport with an aim to join a foreign paramilitary unit.
From Moscow, he proceeded to Lugansk, one of two regions that declared independence from Ukraine in 2014 which was followed by an armed conflict where Russia took the side of the two newly established republics.
Ukrainian authorities describe Lugansk as a temporarily occupied territory and its government as an occupying administration of the Russian Federation.
Stevic volunteered with other persons originating from Serbia and Bosnia, as a member of paramilitary 'Jovan Sevic' unit, which fought against legitimate forces of Ukraine.
According to the indictment, Stevic is charged with the crime of joining a paramilitary unit outside Bosnia and Herzegovina, forming and joining foreign paramilitary and parapolice units mentioned in Bosnia's Criminal Code.