USA urges Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners

Deputy Chief of US Mission in the OSCE Harry Kamian delivered a speech at the session of OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna
10:13, 8 November 2019

Behind Bars

Washington urged Moscow to set all Ukrainian political prisoners free. Harry Kamian, the Deputy Chief of U.S. Mission in the OSCE said so during his speech at the session of OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. The U.S. diplomat believes that Russia's unwillingness to join the Normandy summit blocks the possible progress in seeking a peaceful solution to Donbas conflict.

"We regret that Russia’s refusal to commit to a summit meeting of the Normandy Quartet leaders blocks the opportunity for progress on key issues. Meanwhile, many Ukrainian political prisoners languish in Russian detention. It is high time that Russia release these prisoners and return them to their homes and families", Kamian said.

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U.S. diplomat also called the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine "humanitarian catastrophe", blaming Russia for it. 

As is known, in September, Ukraine and Russia conducted a large campaign of prisoners' exchange. 35 Ukrainians and 35 Russian citizens returned to their homelands within this campaign. The list of released Ukrainians included Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Edem Bekirov, Yevhen Panov, Pavlo Gryb, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpyuk, and others. Ukrainian sailors detained in the Sea of Azov were on this list, too.

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