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Sentsov is in Russian jail only because he loves Ukraine, - Poroshenko

The entire international society demands to release the Ukrainian political prisoner, the president said
09:17, 2 July 2018

Ukraine's Presidental Administration

Among the urgent demands of the international community is the one to release Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner. Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian leader said this at the opening ceremony of the Ravenna-Kyiv friendship initiative.

'Together, we can express our high solidarity with the entire world, which demands that Putin immediately release Sentsov and all political prisoners taken to jails in Russia and the occupied territories', he said as quoted by his press service.

Poroshenko reiterated that Sentsov is now in Russian prison just because he refused to give up on his Ukrainian passport - and 'just because he loved Ukraine'.

Earlier, Tatyana Moskalkova, Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, said health condition of Oleg Sentsov who is kept in Russian jail is generally satisfying, but there are still some concerns due to his hunger strike.

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At the same time, the Russian Ombudsman added that Sentsov is being medically examined daily. The local medical worker checked his condition today in the morning.

It should be noted that the Russian and Ukrainian Ombudsmen arrived in the remand prison where Sentsov is kept, simultaneously. Yet, Lyudmyla Denisova came there earlier than her Russian colleague, but she was not allowed to visit Sentsov.

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Denisova, a Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights, does not believe Moskalkova’s claims that Sentsov’s health condition is satisfactory.

On June 29, the lawyer of the political prisoner stated that Sentsov’s health state is stable.

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