Kremlin puppets sentence Ukrainian national Panov to eight years in prison

The so-called "Supreme Court" in Russian-occupied Crimea on Friday sentenced Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov to eight years of imprisonment in a high-security penal colony.

"To impose punishment on Yevhen Panov in the form of imprisonment for a term of eight years with serving a term in a high-security penal colony," Judge Andrei Paliy said, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

This period includes about two years, which the Ukrainian spent in pretrial custody.

A resident of Zaporizhia region was found guilty under a number of articles of the Russian Criminal Code, namely "illegal storage and transportation of firearms and ammunition," "attempted smuggling of weapons and ammunition," "plotting subvirsive act as part of an organized group."

Panov did not admit his guilt. The verdict can be appealed within ten days from the date the verdict was announced.

His lawyer Olha Dinze said that the defense team would file an appeal.

On Aug. 10, the FSB released an official statement about averted terrorist attacks in annexed Crimea "prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's MoD in order to target critical life-supporting and infrastructure facilities inside the peninsula." Further on, the FSB released a video with the alleged organizer of the thwarted "terrorist acts" in the occupied Crimea, Zaporizhia region resident Yevhen Panov.

Read more: "They put plastic bag on Panov's head and choked him. His swollen face, lips, and heavy breathing leave no doubts," - journalist on interrogation of Panov

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Ukraine "has switched to the practice of terror."

Putin also said he considered the upcoming Normandy Four meeting to be pointless in the light of the alleged detention of Ukrainian "saboteur" in occupied Crimea.

Putin's puppet of the so-called "parliament" of Crimea Remzi Ilyasov said the occupying authorities perceive the incident "as an act of aggression, in fact, a declaration of war."

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine denied all Russia's allegations, calling them provocative.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov described the hysterical and false allegations by Russia's FSB as groundless and called them another element of Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine and an attempt to exacerbate the situation in the occupied territory.

The Ukrainian MoD has refuted the FSB's allegations on the involvement of Ukraine's intelligence in subversive activities in Crimea and called them an attempt of the Russian Federation to justify its aggression in the territory of the annexed peninsula.

President Petro Poroshenko said that the Russian allegations are groundless and serve as "a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine."

Spokesperson to the U.S. Department of State Elizabeth Trudeau said that the Russian Federation's recent allegations on Ukraine's involvement in "subversive activities" in Russian-occupied Crimea should not distract the United States from the real issue Russia has created in Ukraine.

On Aug. 11, 2016, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed that all the units deployed at the administrative border with Crimea and the demarcation line in the Donbas be on high alert.

Ihor Kotelianets, Panov's brother, says Yevhen was kidnapped in Ukraine's Zaporizhia region and taken to the occupied peninsula.

According to Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, none of its employees has been detained by the FSB to date in the territory of occupied Crimea.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3076408