KYIV (QHA) -

A group of young people posted banners in Kyiv demanding the release of the prisoner of the Kremlin, Volodymyr Balukh.

The banners had an inscription "Free Balukh imprisoned for the Flag of Ukraine".

The banners were placed on Shulyavsky and Vozduhoflotsky bridges, as well as in other parts of the capital.

QHA reported that Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh, who is on a hunger strike in the occupied Crimea, congratulated Ukrainians on the Day of the National Flag.

In his letter, the Ukrainian political prisoner expressed gratitude to all like-minded people and called it a matter of honor to carefully preserve the historical memory of the Ukrainian people.

Reference: 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.

The Russian-controlled Razdolnensky District Court sentenced Volodymyr Balukh to 5 years in a general-regime colony and fined 10,000 rubles (about 4,000 hryvnia).

QHA