Ukrainian serviceman jailed for 3.5 years in occupied Crimea

Ukrainian serviceman jailed for 3.5 years in occupied Crimea

Ukrinform
 The so-called Dzhankoy District Court in Russia-occupied Crimea has sentenced Yevhenii Dobrynskyi, a serviceman of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, to three-and-a-half years in prison for allegedly illegally crossing the state border of the Russian Federation and smuggling drugs, Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova has said.

"The so-called Dzhankoy District Court, controlled by the occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied Crimea, has just handed down an illegal sentence to Yevhenii Dobrynskyi, a serviceman of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, for allegedly illegally crossing the state border of the Russian Federation and smuggling drugs," she wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday, April 21.

She specified that Dobrynskyi had been sentenced to three years and six months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

The ombudsman condemned the actions of the court controlled by the occupation authorities as the criminal case has been trumped up.

"Evidence provided to the court by the defense team during the court hearings shows that the Ukrainian serviceman is innocent," she said.

Denisova called on the international community to continue putting pressure on Russia so as to stop the illegal persecution and trials of Ukrainian citizens and to free all Kremlin prisoners.

"I consider it unacceptable to persecute our citizens for fulfilling their constitutional duty to protect the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and I condemn the actions of the occupation authorities that continue to violate international treaties and norms of international law," she said.

Earlier reports said that Dobrynskyi disappeared early on May 30, 2020 near Ukraine's administrative border with Russia-occupied Crimea. A search operation did not yield any result. According to preliminary information published by the Ukrainian Military Law-Enforcement Service in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, traces of a struggle were seen near an observation post, so it is believed that the serviceman was abducted while on duty.

A few days later, Russia's FSB Federal Security Service stated that the Ukrainian serviceman had been detained and criminal charges had been brought against him "for illegally crossing Russia's border." On June 3, a court in occupied Crimea ruled to arrest Dobrynskyi.

op


Let’s get started read our news at facebook messenger > > > Click here for subscribe

While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website ukrinform.net not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website ukrinform.net and to the website of a foreign media outlet. Citing and using materials in offline media, mobile apps, Smart TV are allowed only with written permission from Ukrinform. News and publications marked as "Advertisement" and "PR" and articles in the section "Releases" include promoted content, and an advertiser is responsible for the content.

© 2015-2021 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Website design Studio Laconica

Extended searchHide extended search
By period:
-