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Ukraine’s MFA plans to exchange Oleg Sentsov for RIA News head

The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said she could not disclose all the details, but the negotiations are ongoing
08:08, 22 May 2018

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At a press conference when Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov announced the hunger strike, the spokesperson of Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Mariana Betsa said that the ministry is considering to exchange Sentsov for the head of RIA News-Ukraine Kyrylo Vyshynsky arrested on suspicion of treason.

“All is possible. I cannot disclose all the details, because if we announced things in advance, believe me, both Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov would probably not have been released yet. I can say only that the negotiation process goes on,” Betsa said.

According to her, the Russian Federation blocks all Ukraine’s appeals on access to Sentsov. Only over the past year there were more than 20 of such addresses.

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.

Related: Sentsov hunger strike: Poroshenko urges world community to maintain pressure on Kremlin

As we reported the workers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has exposed the network of the media entities controlled by the Russian Federation. The law enforcement bodies held the investigative actions at the office of RIA News-Ukraine.

On May 15, the SBU considered the detention of the head of RIA News Ukraine agency’s office.

Related: Political prisoner Sentsov under doctors' observation, - Federal Penitentiary Service

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