SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Health of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh has deteriorated, his lawyer Olga Dinze reported after visiting the activist in a detention center in the occupied Simferopol.

She noted that the Ukrainian political prisoner looks sickly and he was forced to take painkillers.

“My client has a sick look and feels very bad. Volodymyr suffers from severe headaches, dizziness, back pain and liver pain. He takes painkillers. The situation with a hunger strike remains unchanged,” Dinze said, as cited by the Crimean Human Rights group.

Earlier, occupiers refused conditional release to Balukh’s defense.

It is worth noting that Volodymyr Balukh continues an indefinite hunger strike, which he announced on March 19, 2018. Earlier it was reported that Baluh had severe liver pain. Despite this, he was not provided with the necessary medical attention.

In July, the Russian-controlled Razdolnensky District Court sentenced Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh to five years of ordinary-regime colony and a fine of 10,000 rubles in the aggregate of two criminal cases - allegedly beating the head of the detention facility in the Crimea and illegally buying, selling and storing weapons.

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