MOSCOW, July 22 (RAPSI) — The Appeals Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has sentenced a citizen of Ukraine to 16 years in a strict regime penal colony in a case over espionage.

The judicial investigation established that defendant B. was involved in tacit cooperation with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) for collecting military information to be used against the security of the Donetsk People’s Republic, according to the official website of the DPR Supreme Court.

The defendant, whose name was not relveled, was also found guilty of participating in a terrorist community, illegally acquiring, storing and transporting weapons, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices across the border of the self-proclaimed republic.

As follows from the materials of the case, being a member of the terrorist community and being recruited by the Ukrainian special services, the defendant photographed military facilities located on the territory of the DPR, after that the collected information was transferred to the SBU. In addition, the defendant stored firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices in order to use them to commit crimes on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.

During the investigation and the trial, the defendant pleaded guilty, the press service of the DPR Supreme Court notes.