38 countries sign Ukraine’s plea to UN, asking to help release filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

17:51, 15 June 2018

UN Secretary-General António Guterres received a letter from 38 countries, in which the representatives asked him to help liberate Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, illegally detained in Russia. Ukraine’s permanent representative to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said this on Thursday evening.

According to him, apart from Ukraine, the address was supported by the EU countries, the United States, Georgia, Moldova, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

‘It will soon be a month since Sentsov is on hunger strike and we know that in the coming days the UN Secretary-General plans to visit Russia. We expect that Guterres will raise this issue,’ he said.

António Guterres will go to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia on June 20 – 21.

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov 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.