A documentary dubbed 'Putin's hostages: Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin' was aired in the session hall of the European Parliament. The premiere took place on March 19, Ukraine's delegation in the EU reported on Facebook.
'Opening the event, Head of Ukraine’s Mission to the EU Mykola Tochytskyi underscored: we have more than 70 political prisoners, 24 captured Ukrainian sailors, large-scale repressions in occupied Crimea and Kremlin’s ongoing political persecutions against Ukrainian citizens. We urge our partners to step political pressure and expand sanctions in order to release illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens and stop Russian aggression', reads the post on Facebook.
'The screening of the documentary was followed by a discussion with human rights activists Alya Shandra and Maria Tomak, Igor Gryb (father of political prisoner Pavlo Gryb) and Viktor Soroka (father of Ukrainian Navy sailor POW Vasyl Soroka)', the post goes on.
Before the show, the MEPs said they have 'to speak about Ukraine and to urge for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners because Ukraine is defending not only itself, Ukraine is defending us'.