Russia jails woman for 12 years in Crimea for spying on behalf of Ukraine

A court in Russian-controlled Crimea has sentenced a woman to 12 years in jail for state treason on behalf of Ukraine at a trial that was held behind closed doors, the court said on Monday.

The woman, identified by Russia as citizen D. and of pension age, was found guilty of carrying out reconnaissance to gather information about an aviation regiment in Russia’s Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet for Ukrainian military intelligence.

The trial was closed to the public as the case materials were classified, the court said. It was not clear how she had pleaded.

Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, drawing Western condemnation and tit-for-tat sanctions. Ukraine wants the region back.

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