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

Ukrainian political prisoner remains at a medical unit in Labytnangi penal colony in Russia
19:16, 21 June 2018

Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner who carries on with his hunger strike, began to experience issues with his heart and kidneys. Lydumyla Denisova, the Ukrainian ombudswoman posted this on Facebook on Thursday. 

According to her, she spoke to Sentsov's lawyer, who managed to visit his client. 'Oleg is now at a medical unit; he's got problems with his kidneys and heart. He drinks 3.5 liters of water daily and gets another two liters via the drop counter', she said.

The crisis occurred on Day 26 of Sentsov's hunger strike. He was taken to the hospital outside the colony. They tried to feed him forcefully but he refused. Then, they brought him back to the colony's medical unit.

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

According to Sentsov's lawyer, the crisis could happen again anytime.

Ambassadors of the G7 countries in Ukraine are concerned about the situation with the Ukrainian political prisoners and the hunger strike of Oleg Sentsov. In their opinion, the release of Ukrainians from Russian prisons will be "an important humanitarian step forward." This was stated in the message of the Canadian Chair of the G7 Ambassadors’ Support Group in Kyiv on Twitter.

“G7 Ambassadors are deeply concerned about the situation of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian prisoners and detainees in Russia,” the message says. 

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

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.

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.

Related: Ukraine’s Ombudsman: No information on Sentsov health, probably he is forced to eat

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