In occupied Crimea, the Dzhankoy District Court sentenced Yevhen Dobrynsky, a soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The serviceman was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for allegedly illegally crossing the state border of the Russian Federation and smuggling drugs. The Ukrainian ombudsperson Lyudmila Denisova announced it on Facebook.
"The so-called Dzhankoi District Court, which is under the control of the occupation authorities, and in the temporarily occupied Crimea, pass an illegal sentence upon Yevhen Dobrynsky, a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, for allegedly illegally crossing the state border and smuggling drugs," the statement said.
Denisova noted that Dobrynsky was sentenced to serve his sentence in a general regime penal colony.
"I condemn the actions of the court controlled by the occupying power because the criminal case is fabricated. The evidence provided to the court by the defense during the court hearings shows the innocence of the Ukrainian serviceman," Denisova said.
The ombudsperson also called on the international community to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop the illegal harassment and trials of Ukrainian citizens.
As it was reported, on May 30, a Ukrainian soldier was kidnapped on an administrative border with occupied Crimea.
On June 9, the Supreme Court of occupation authorities of Crimea received the appeal of the lawyers against the arrest of Ukrainian military Yevhen Dobrynsky, detained by Russia’s FSB at the administrative border.