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SBU, Foreign Ministry hold briefing on Russia's crimes in occupied areas of Ukraine

The event is timed to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is marked globally on June 26
12:56, 25 June 2018

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Russian crimes related to violation of human rights are the topic of the briefing held in Kyiv on Monday afternoon. As of 12.30 a.m., Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and head of the State Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak were talking about the respective crimes, which Russian government allowed against the POWs, political hostages and other illegally detained people.

The event is timed to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is marked globally on June 26. The briefing also features the released hostages and the representatives of an NGO called 'The Union of Relatives of Kremlin's political prisoners'.

On June 25, Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland is expected to file an official petition to Russian President Vladimir Putin for pardoning the Ukrainian movie director.

As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.

Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. 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.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will hold the debates on the Ukrainian political prisoners detained in Russia on June 28. Volodymyr Ariev, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Delegation to PACE reported on Facebook.

“I succeeded to convince PACE Bureau. The debates on the Ukrainian prisoners in Kremlin will take place in Strasbourg in the morning on June 28,” he said.

Related: Political prisoner Balukh writes letter to Poroshenko

The summer PACE session begins on June 25 in Strasbourg. The new president of the assembly will be chosen during it.

Oleksy Honcharenko, the permanent member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE reported to 112 Ukraine that the offer on the debates came from the Ukrainian side.

Related: Political prisoner Kolchenko is in medical unit, - lawyer

According to him, the report will be prepared before the report that should be approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on June 27 and it will be submitted to the assembly’s hall on June 28.

“It is very important because we saw the serious blocking of this issue. We look forward that this report will be accepted on Thursday. I hope it will be really tough and give some results and influence somehow on Putin,” Honcharenko noted.

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