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Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, who was sentenced by the occupiers to 3 years and seven months in the colony-settlement, has been starving for 51 days already.

Earlier it was reported that the US State Department urged the occupation authorities in the Crimea to release Volodymyr Balukh.

Reference: Balukh declared an indefinite hunger strike, protesting against the verdict of the court. March 19, the Ukrainian was transferred to a solitary confinement cell.

Previously, Razdolnensky district court in the occupied Crimea condemned Volodymyr Balukh for 3 years and 7 months of imprisonment for his civic position Volodymyr  Balukh will serve time in the colony-settlement. The Ukrainian activist was taken into custody in the courthouse.

Volodymyr Balukh is a Crimean farmer, who hung out a Ukrainian flag on his house in 2014, which was repeatedly ripped off by Crimean security officials. In November 2016 Volodymyr attached to his house a sign with the inscription "18, Heroes of Heavenly Hundred Street”. According to him, he then started receiving threats from local “administration” saying that if he did not remove it, then some drugs or weapons could be found in his house, which in fact has happened,

QHA