: 10 years in prison for supporting Ukraine

15:48 Jun. 10, 2016

10 years in prison for supporting Ukraine

Andriy Kolomiiets and his lawyer. (Photo source: vk.com/civilcorps_kyivschina)

Court in Russian-occupied Crimea convicts activist Andriy Kolomiiets 

So-called Crimean prosecutor's office in the Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Euromaidan activist Andriy Kolomiiets to ten years in prison.

"During the mass protests in Kyiv in January 2014 Kolomiiets attempted the lives of two officers of the Crimean special forces unit 'Berkut' by throwing fiery bottles at them," the 'prosecutor's office' is quoted by Russian news agency Interfax.

The Ukrainian has also been accused of illegal purchase and transporting of drugs.

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Kolomiiets' lawyer during a March 30 court hearing claimed the defendant had been tortured after detention, and also produced facts showing the case was fraud.

Read also Russian 'Chechen War' Trial: Ukrainian prisoners face at least 22 years in prison

The now disbanded notorious 'Berkut' special force unit has been accused of the deaths of protesters during pro-E.U. demonstrations in Ukrainian capital Kyiv in 2014.

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