Life of political prisoner Balukh in danger, - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

The man has been starving in the occupied Crimea for more than 80 days now, - spokeswoman Maryana Betsa
10:40, 8 June 2018

The life of Volodymyr Balukh, the Ukrainian political prisoner, who has been holding on to a hunger strike in the annexed Crimea, is now in danger - because of the long-lasting starvation. Maryana Betsa, the spokeswoman of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry posted this on Twitter.

'Political prisoner V. Balukh has been starving for 80 days in the occupied Crimea. His life is in danger. We demand him to be released', she wrote.

As it was reported earlier, the Russia-controlled Crimean court scheduled for May 15 a court hearing on the fabricated criminal case against Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, who has been starving in protest for more than 55 days. 

This criminal case is against Ukrainian (Article 321 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was opened in August 2017, after Balukh and his lawyer filed a complaint to the police about the illegal actions of the head of the Rozdolnensky prison cell Valeriy Tkachenko, who insulted and hit the Ukrainian.

In response, Tkachenko filed a complaint against Balukh. According to Tkachenko, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation filed a criminal case against the activist on August 22, 2017, the statement reads.

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