Nataliya Kaplan thanks the European Parliament in the name of her cousin Oleg Sentsov: He doesn‘t want to be a hero.He wants freedom.He wants to make films.While awarding #SakharovPrize 2018 we promise to increase our efforts to #FreeSentsov #LetMyPeopleGo pic.twitter.com/s0xY1CFeVQ— Rebecca Harms (@RebHarms) December 10, 2018
Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on the 144th day. The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reason. According to the lawyer of Sentsov, the decision to end the hunger strike was made after Russian doctors and penitentiary facility workers issued an ultimatum to Sentsov, suggesting that he either voluntarily stop the hunger strike or agree to be force-fed.
He announced a hunger strike in May 2018, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov has already survived four health crises.