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Political prisoner Balukh writes letter to Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Balukh warned Ukraine against a “reflecting response” on Russia’s aggression
10:57, 24 June 2018

Crimean Human Rights Group

Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian political prisoner, wrote a letter to Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, as Ahtem Çiygoz, the Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, reported on Facebook.

In his letter, Balukh wrote that on June 12, when Russia marked the Day of Russia, people were shouting “Glory to Ukraine!” in Simferopol prison.

“It is significant that on June 12, the day the Kremlin marked as “Russia day”, when fireworks boomed, “Glory to Ukraine” sounded from the windows of the prison and the prisoners were singing the Ukrainian hymn,” the letter says.

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Besides, Balukh warned Ukraine against a “reflecting response” on Russia’s aggression.

“The practice of terror, which the governments use on 1/7 Earth’s land appears to be the most resilient of all the political “traditions” regardless of the colour of the flag above the Kremlin. But most of all I would like to keep Ukraine out of going down to a “reflecting” response on the aggressor’s actions! Evil does not serve for good,” he wrote.

“I sincerely hope that the bitter experience of the history will unite the civilized world and makes the authorities of the state decisive and solidarity to not enter another circle of bloodbaths, but to stop the aggressor even sustaining temporary financial losses and some business inconveniences…Truth is with us, fate and saint will! Glory to Ukraine!” Balukh ended the letter which he wrote on June 22.

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Earlier, Archbishop Clement, Balukh’s defender, stated that the political prisoner intended to go on a dry hunger strike.

Reportedly, Volodymyr Balukh was detained in Crimea in December 2016. The Russian law enforcers detained him for the alleged storage of ammunition; the court sentenced him to three and a half years in prison. In March, the political prisoner announced a hunger strike, protesting against the political persecutions against him.

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