President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has urged the international community to continue putting pressure on Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners. Also, Poroshenko reacted to the decision of Ukraine's political prisoner Oleh Sentsov to go on hunger strike on Facebook.
'I urge the international community to continue putting pressure on Kremlin to return the Ukrainian political prisoners home, to their families as soon as possible. We continue to fight and assume all efforts to release all illegally detained Ukrainians kept at the territory of occupied Crimea, Donbas and in Russia', Poroshenko claimed.
As we reported Oleh Sentsov illegally held in the Russian prison, has announced a hunger strike. Natalya Kaplan, his sister said that.
Sentsov told his lawyer Dmytro Dinze he prepared his body for this step for two months, and now he is ready. He also wrote the respective appeal, which was later made public. Dinze warned him he could face irrecoverable damage to his health. In turn, Sentsov said he was ready to die if his demands are ignored.
As it is known, 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.