Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, unlawfully convicted in the occupied Crimea, wrote a letter explaining why he went on a hunger strike. A copy of the letter was published on the website of the Crimean Human Rights Group.

“On March 14 of this year, when another deceitful verdict on the trumped-up case against me acquired "force," I decided to go on a hunger strike as a manifestation of my personal contempt for the occupation regime and their pathetic attempts to imprison all those who disagree with their FSB-Horde "ideology" of man-hatred," he wrote.

Balukh told that on March 15 he applied for the conditions to "exercise his right" to be provided.

“Since March 19, having faced moral abuse, theft of personal belongings and beatings by some remand center employees, I finally managed to get official recognition of my protest with a transfer to a separate cell. Both provocations and moral pressure to discredit me and my protest have only intensified since then.”

The Ukrainian activist noted that from the 25th day of the hunger strike he switched to a new diet.

“On the 25th day of the hunger strike, after consulting with the Archbishop of the Crimea Kliment, in order to exclude the possibility of forcible feeding and the unauthorized use of medical means for life-supporting as well as not to cause irreparable grief to my relatives, I decided to go to another mode of protest: from that day I daily have two glasses of oatmeal starch drink, 50-70 g of dry black bread and I drink tea with honey.”

Reference: Balukh announced an indefinite hunger strike, protesting against the verdict of the court, which sentenced him for 3 years and 7 months of imprisonment for his civil 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.