During his speech at the UN General Assembly, President of Ukraine Petro Porosheko claimed the necessity to make more efforts to release Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.
“Being a Ukrainian or a Crimean Tatar is a crime in the new reality. Volodymyr Balukh was arrested for raising a Ukrainian flag over his house. Crimean movie director Oleg Sentosov was sentenced to 20 years under fake accusations. Now, Oleg and Volodymyr are straddling between life and death, declaring a termless hunger strike. And I appreciate these people very much. Unfortunately, the Kremlin remains blind and deaf to the calls of the international community and the Russian intellectuals. I urge the UN member states to call Russia for obligating the human rights on the occupied territories of Crimea and Sevastopol… The Ukrainians remain political prisoners of Russia and the calls for their release are left without any response. It’s an issue of a modern Russia – they don’t care. They don’t care about suffering, they don’t care about the truth. They think that their military power and the status in the UN gives them this right,” Poroshenko stated.
As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner announced a hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crisis; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.
The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.