The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the "verdict" imposed today by the Russian occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied Crimea to Ukrainian citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment and the fine of 50,000 rubles.
Iryna Danylovych is a citizen journalist who highlighted the topics of medical workers rights, and cooperated with independent mass media that covered political trials in the temporarily occupied Crimea. At the end of April 2022, she was kidnapped by Russian security forces and imprisoned in the Simferopol jail. Iryna Danylovych was accused of "illegal possession of explosives" – fake allegation has already become a "traditional" in using by the Russian occupation authorities against Ukrainian activists.
During the stay of Iryna Danylovych in jail as well as the trial of "the case", it have been recorded numerous cases of the moral and physical pressure on her, and blatant disregard for the medical care.
The UN General Assembly in the Resolution of December 15 2022 "The situation with human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine" condemned the actions of the Russian occupation authorities, in particular against Iryna Danylovich, and expressed serious concern about the ongoing arbitrary detentions, arrests and sentences of Ukrainian citizens for their actions and statements against the aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls on the international community and partners of Ukraine within the framework of the International Crimea Platform to continue pressure on Russia in order to immediately release all Ukrainian citizens, illegally imprisoned by the occupation regime in Crimea and to impose sanctions on the officials involved to the persecution of Ukrainian citizens.