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US urges Russia to allow Ukraine's ombudswoman to visit Sentsov, Balukh

Michele Siders, the Acting Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE claimed this
13:57, 22 June 2018

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The US expressed the outrage due to the refusal of Russia to allow Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova to visit illegally detained Ukrainians Oleg Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh and urged to immediately organize the meetings. Michele Siders, the Acting Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE claimed this as Ukrinform reported.

"We are shocked that Russia refused the Ukrainian ombudswoman in the access to the Ukrainian filmmaker and activist Oleg Sentsov who suffers in the detention in Russia on the fabricated charges in the terrorism," Siders emphasized.

Related: Sentsov declines the offer of ECHR to stop hunger strike

U.S. Representative reminded that Sentsov went on the hunger strike on May 14, attempting the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners.

"We are also concerned about the state of the activist Volodymyr Balukh who is on the hunger strike for 95th day. The Russian authorities should immediately provide the access of the Ukrainian ombudswoman to these prisoners and urgently release all illegally detainees," she said.

Related: Statements do not help, pressure needed, - Lithuanian Foreign Minister on Sentsov

"We do not recognize and we will never recognize the attempt of Russia to annex Crimea. The Crimean sanctions against Russia will remain in force until it returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine," Siders claimed.

U.S. Representative reminded that Sentsov went on the hunger strike on May 14, attempting the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners.

Related: G7 Ambassadors: Sentsov, political prisoners liberation will be important step forward

Earlier Denisova reported that there is no reliable information on Sentsov's health.

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.

Related: Sentsov suffers problems with heart and kidneys, - Ukraine's ombudswoman

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.

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