Pro-Ukrainian activist, resident of Crimea, gets three years-long imprisonment

16:38, 4 August 2017

The court of the Russian-occupied Crimea sentenced local resident Volodymyr Balukh to three years in prison and seven months in penal colony. The Crimean Human Rights Watch Group reported that on Friday.

The pro-Ukrainian activist is charged with illegal service of ammunition and explosives that law enforcers found on the rooftop of his house.

Balukh denied his guilt, saying it is all politically motivated as he was detained for his principal position about Crimea being part of Ukraine. He added that the ammunition and explosives were flaked by the Russian federal security service.

The defense team is going to file an appeal against the court decision.

Volodymyr Balukh was detained in December 2016 for hoisting the Ukrainian flag over his own house.