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Sentsov: I will do everything to get our prisoners out

Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko held their first press conference after being released from Russian imprisonment
13:42, 10 September 2019

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The prisoner of Kremlin Oleg Sentsov, who returned to Ukraine on September 7, is going to do everything possible to free those captive Ukrainians, who are still in Russia and Crimea. He stated this at the first press conference after the liberation, which he held together with Oleksandr Kolchenko, left activist from Crimea. 112 Ukraine conducted the broadcast.

“The following words will be about the people who stayed there. Our prisoners, the prisoners in Donbas, whom I  hope we can also help to get out. We will try this with all means possible, and for my part, I will do everything in my power,” Oleg Sentsov said.

He also added that in addition to captive Ukrainians in Russia, there are also many people who continue to fight for Ukraine, he called them "real brothers."

“In addition to our prisoners in Russia, there are Russian people who are fighting for themselves, for their free country, for our Ukraine. They are our real brothers,” Oleg Sentsov added.

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As reported, Sentsov and Kolchenko were detained by special services of the Russian Federation in May 2014 in Crimea. They were accused of organizing attacks on the peninsula. In the summer of 2015, Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years in the colony, Sentsov - to 20 years. Both denied their guilt.

On September 7, Sentsov and Kolchenko returned to Ukraine together with 33 liberated prisoners from the Russian Federation.

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova stated that 113 Ukrainians, including 89 Crimean Tatars, are deterred in Russia.

“Ten political prisoners were pardoned by the president of Ukraine, one, Mr. Bekirov, was released on personal commitment and 24 sailors were released on my personal commitment as a person who is trustworthy, according to the Criminal Procedure Code of Russia,” Denisova noted.

Concerning the fact that Ukraine ceded during the exchange, Denisova stated, “there is nothing more important than a person and his/her life”.

 

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