Vice President of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Kubicki claimed during the meeting with Olena Zerkal, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration that Berlin is ready to continue great efforts to release Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia as the press service of the Foreign Ministry reported.
‘The German politicians expressed the concern about the illegal detention of the Ukrainian citizens by Russia and they constantly raise this issue in the dialogue with Russia,” the message said.
Kubicki also assured about the support of Ukraine at the euro-integration way by Germany.
“We are ready to support the reforms in Ukraine to make you country follow the way to the European Union,” he said.
As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin.
Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.
Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.