Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urges the world society to enhance the pressure put on Russia, as Ukrainians Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksy Besarabov were sentenced to 14 years in jail in annexed Crimea. The press office of the ministry reported.
The ministry condemned the unlawful decision of the occupation “court.”
“The fabrication of the political cases against the citizens of Ukraine remains one of the key repression practices of the Russian occupants on the Crimean peninsula; their aim is the intimidation of the local citizens and suppression of any form of the disagreement with the illegal occupation of the Ukrainian territory,” the ministry said.
The department urged the world society to “strengthen the political, economic, and sanctions pressure on the state-aggressor to restraint grave offenses of the human rights by Russia and release of Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksy Besarabov and other illegally sentenced citizens of Ukraine.
It is noted that Ukraine continues to assume all possible political and diplomatic levers to release the citizens of Ukraine illegally detained and convicted due to the political motives at the territory of the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.
On April 4, occupied Sevastopol City Court sentenced the Ukrainians Volodymyr Dudka and Olexiy Bessarabov, whom Russian authorities accuse of preparation subversions, to 14 years of imprisonment.
Earlier, state prosecution in annexed Crimea asked the court to arrest Dudka and Bessarabov for 15 and 14 years and 10 months respectively.
Dudka was arrested in November 2016 in Crimea along with Dmytro Shtyblikov and Oleksiy Besarabov. Russian Special Security Service FSB detained another so-called "Ukrainian saboteurs," who allegedly were planning sabotage on strategic sites of the occupied Crimea in Sevastopol, on November 9. The detainees were allegedly members of the ‘terrorist group of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Intelligence Service’.