- Fabrizio Romano: former italian ambassador in Kiev where he resided until fall 2016; he took full charge of the retrieval of Andy’s and Andrey’s corpses and arranged the transport operations from Slavianks to Kiev. His statements have been rather generic concerning the transfer ( that implied a truce-like security channel to be set so that Ukrainian military corps wouldn’t shoot at the Russian driver who volunteered to take the coffins out of Donbass ). Mr Romano confirmed that the case was extensively covered by both Ukrainian and Russian media thus undermining the version reported by the two Ukrainian senators who came as spontaneous witnesses in court (Mr Bogdan Matkivskyi and Mr Andrii Antonyschak meant they learnt about this case once Vitaly Markiv was arrested); Mr Romano recalled his repeated efforts to bring up the case with the Ukrainian authorities during his mandate in Kiev.
- Luca Soldati: lawyer and ballistics consultant for the defense. He based his studies upon the Ukrainian rogatory -though vague and incomplete- and upon the autopsy report to infer that splinters rather than direct mortar fire has been the cause of Andy’s death. He deems difficult to link those splinters to mortar bombs. When questioned about Mironov, beheaded, Mr Soldati admitted that must have been mortar fire.
Andrea “Andy” Rocchelli è stato ucciso, insieme all’attivista per i diritti umani e interprete Andrei Mironov, il 24 maggio 2014, nelle vicinanze della città di Sloviansk, in Ucraina, mentre documentava le condizioni dei civili intrappolati nel conflitto del Dombass. Il 12 luglio 2019 la Corte d’Assise di Pavia ha condannato Vitaliy Markiv a 24 anni di reclusione per concorso di colpa in omicidio di Andy e Andrei e giudicato lo stato ucraino responsabile delle loro morti. Il 3 novembre 2020 l’imputato è stato scagionato nel processo d’appello per insufficienza di prove. La ricerca di verità e giustizia per Andy Rocchelli è tuttora in corso.
Andrea “Andy” Rocchelli was killed on May 24th 2014, along with the human rights activist and interpreter Andrey Mironov. They were murdered in the outskirts of Slaviansk, Ukraine, while documenting the living conditions of the civilians trapped between the frontlines of the Donbass conflict. On July 12th 2019, the Pavia court of justice condemned Vitaly Markiv to serve 24 years in jail for his contribution to the double murder, and judged the Ukrainian state responsible of Andy’s and Andrey’s deaths. Mr Markiv has been acquitted on November 3rd 2020 for lack of evidence within the appeal process. The quest for truth and justice for Andy Rocchelli is ongoing.