The 'Superior Court' of the annexed Crimea upheld the sentence in the case of Hennadiy Lymeshko, the Ukrainian citizen accused of preparing the acts of sabotage. Radio Liberty reported that, specifying that the self-styled authority made the respective decision on July 24.
Lymeshko asked the jury to exclude the political hostility motive from the verdict; however, the court turned down his request.
The defendant and his lawyer filed an appeal against the court's decision. The defense considers the verdict inappropriate - in terms of violation, he committed, asking to cut down the prison term to four years. The actual term makes eight years behind the bars.
Previously, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reported that the Ukrainian citizen Hennadiy Lymeshko, detained in the Crimea and announced to Ukraine’s Security Service officer by the FSB, was a contracted professional soldier and was dismissed in May 2017 due to his incompetence.
Russian special forces published the video of this detention and interrogation. On camera, he named himself Hennadiy Lymeshko and admitted his guilt in alleged sabotage on the territory of the annexed Crimea.