Before the trial, Balukh addressed those who came to support him: "This is not a death sentence after all. I guess all of this will be sorted out soon. I just want to wish Ukraine not to surrender and the people of Ukraine to keep fighting for what so many people - the country’s finest sons - gave up their lives... If what is happening to me is a sacrifice ... I do not consider it to be one... everything will be okay. We will be victorious. Everything will be Maidan!"
Activists of the Crimean Cultural Center, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Kyiv Patriarchate, members of the Mejlis and Kurultay came to support Balukh.
He was taken into custody immediately after his verdict was passed.