Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Mariana Betsa wrote this in the congratulation message on Balukh’s birthday on Twitter.
"Happy birthday, unconquered Volodymyr Balukh! We wish you freedom and faith in the victory over the invader. Crimea is Ukraine. We fight for you," Betsa stressed.
On January 16, Ukrainian patriot Volodymyr Balukh was sentenced in Crimea on trumped-up charges of storing ammunition to three years and seven months in a penal colony, as well as to a fine of 10,000 Russian rubles.