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EU urges Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners

Also, following the results of EU-Ukraine summit, it was declared that the annexation of Crimea and elections in the occupied peninsula were unrecognized
08:51, 10 July 2018

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The participants of the EU-Ukraine summit called on the Russian authorities to release Ukrainian political prisoners. This was stated in the final joint statement published on European Council website.

"We called on Russia to allow access of international organizations and human rights actors to the areas currently not under the control of the Government of Ukraine, including the Crimean peninsula, and to respect international humanitarian law. We called for the immediate release of all illegally detained and imprisoned Ukrainian citizens in the Crimean peninsula and in Russia, including Crimean Tatar activists as well as Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh, Oleksandr Shumkov and Roman Sushchenko. Ukraine presented its activities in international fora to address the impact of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, " the document says.

The statement also emphasizes that European Union does not recognize and condemn the annexation of Crimea, as well as holding of elections in the occupied territory.

"We reiterated our strong condemnation of the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014," it was stated.

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As it was reported earlier, the French Society of Film Directors (SRF) called for the release of Oleg Sentsov illegally imprisoned in Russia. In particular, the owner of the Golden Palm Branch of the Cannes Film Festival, film director Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, the Prophet) recorded a video message in support of the Ukrainian.  

On the SRF website, a letter appeared calling for the release of the Ukrainian fim director. Signed by such outstanding filmmakers as Todd Haynes, Luca Guadagnino, William Friedkin, Michel Hazanavicius, Francois Ozon, Rithy Panh, Lynne Ramsay, Claire Danes and the Dardenne brothers.

Filmmakers noted that if the Ukrainian dies, not only Putin, but the whole Europe, will be tainted with blood.

As it was reported earlier, Elizaveta Stishova, a prizewinner at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gave a part of her money reward to the parents of Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film director.

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