Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker and the former political prisoner received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Speech. The ceremony took place in Strasbourg. Radio Liberty reported that on November 26.
The ceremony took place in the session hall where Sentsov delivered a speech.
In particular, Sentsov warned the European parliamentarians about cooperation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, as the Kremlin continues its aggression against Ukraine.
"There's a country that is, perhaps, the biggest European optimist in the world; it's Ukraine. There's no other way for us, any other way of development; it's a matter of survival for us. So every time when some of you thinks of stretching out a friendly hand to Putin over our heads, remember every one of the 13,000 dead people in Ukraine, hundreds of our guys staying in prisons who could be facing tortures right now; and Crimean Tatars who may be now arrested, while their houses are searched; the families will remain without parents. Remember the guys who are now wearing uniforms with chevrons on their arms, risking their lives for our and your freedom. Do not forget about them, please. Thank you! Glory to Ukraine!", Sentsov said.
People in the hall replied "Glory to Heroes!" and rose for standing applause. Then, President of the European Parliament David Sassoli handed him the prize.