Three Christians Sentenced to Jail for Conscientious Objection to Military Service

Country: Ukraine

Date of incident: December 13, 2023

In the past months, three Protestant Christians have been sentenced to jail for conscientious objections to military service on religious grounds in Ukraine. One of them, Dmytro Zelensky, is imprisoned after his acquittal was reversed by the Ternopil Appeal Court in August 2023. He has been sentenced to three years in prison and is currently preparing his appeal to the High Court.

Vitaly Alekseyenko, another protestant Christian, has also ben sentenced to three years in prison on December 13, 2023, but the sentence has been suspened on probation for one year. Mykhailo Yavorsky has been sentenced to one year in prison on April 6, 2023 for objecting to milatry serive on religious grounds. 

Source: APD press; Forum 18

Image: (c) Iryna Zhukova (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)