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Ukrainian Court Sentences Crimean Woman For Treason

Russian and Ukrainian ombudswomen Tatyana Moskalkova (left) and Lyudmyla Denisova, respectively (file photo)

A court in Ukraine has issued a suspended three-year prison sentence against a woman from Crimea charged with high treason.

Russian human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova says her Ukrainian counterpart, Lyudmyla Denisova, informed her a court in Ukraine's southern city of Kherson accepted a guilty plea from Olena Odnovol and sentenced her on August 16.

Odnovol was arrested in April when she crossed into Ukrainian-controlled territory from Crimea, which was seized and illegally annexed by Russia in 2014.

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko said Odnovol had played an active role in Russian President Vladimir Putin's election campaign by collecting signatures in 2017 from his supporters in "Russia-occupied Ukrainian territory."

Ukrainian authorities said earlier that Odnovol used her Ukrainian passport to enter Ukraine's Kherson region from Crimea.

Based on reporting by Gordon, Ukrayinska Pravda, UNIAN, TASS, and Interfax