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Foreign Minister calls for enhancing anti-Russian sanctions

Pavlo Klimkin sent letters to his foreign colleagues, where he mentions 60 political prisoners illegally kept in Russia and annexed Crimea
21:11, 2 June 2018

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Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, called the Foreign Ministers of all the world to enhance anti-Russian sanctions to release Ukrainian political prisoners, as he wrote on Twitter.

Klimkin sent letters to his foreign colleagues and called them for consolidating the international pressure on Russia.

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As it was reported earlier, a world rally #SaveOlegSentsov in support of Kremlin prisoners is taking place since yesterday in different cities. It is expected that 54 metropolises. The capitals of Germany, Georgia,  Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, France, UAE, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Great Britain, USA, Portugal and Austria. 17 cities in Ukraine participate in this rally.

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Earlier, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, expressed his gratitude to the international community for the participation in rallies supporting Oleg Sentsov. He also stated that Ukraine will continue struggling to release every Ukrainian political prisoner and hostage kept in Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas.

As it is known, 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: Rally near Russian Embassy in Kyiv: protesters bring cardboard coffins

Ukrainian political prisoner 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.

On May 31, another Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko joined Sentsov, announcing hunger strike as well. He demands to set Sentsov free.

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