Contents tagged with Sentsov

  • Sentsov: All significant battles in Donbas were fought by Russian army

    Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who until recently was imprisoned in Russia, has described his conversations with militants from Russia and from the Donetsk People’s Republic while in prison. They did not hide the fact that, from the very start of the aggression, all of the fighting against the Armed Forces of Ukraine was done by the Russian Army. Regular Russian troops prepared for the annexation of Crimea, Novaya Gazeta reports.

    According to Sentsov, he met a soldier from Russia’s GRU in …

  • Ukrainian film director Sentsov says he hasn't noticed significant changes in Ukraine after his release from Russia

    Director Oleg Sentsov, who was released from Russian captivity, wrote on his Facebook page that, while he was in prison, not so many changes took place in Ukraine as he expected.

    "A week has passed since my release. It was interesting to see what changes have happened to the country and people because I feel like as a person who arrived on a time machine from 2014," wrote Sentsov.

    Ukrainian Director also added that a week is quite a short time, but he managed to visit a lot of places and …

  • Ukraine and Russia carry out landmark prisoners swap

    At about 9:00 a.m. Kyiv time on Saturday, September 7, two buses and a minivan, accompanied by traffic patrol cars entered the government terminal of Moscow Vnukovo airport. There was already one plane with Ukrainian state symbols which landed earlier in Vnukovo, Interfax reported. Later, another Ukrainian planed landed. According to the air traffic monitoring service, Flightradar, at around the same time, the Russian plane of the special flight detachment "Russia" flew to Ukraine and crossed …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky pardons 12 Russians for prisoner exchange

    Russian lawyer Valentin Rybin said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed pardon decrees for at least 12 Russian citizens convicted in Ukraine, reports Interfax.

    "The decrees to pardon 12 Russian convicts, who have already been brought from penitentiaries and are gathered at the centers for persons on the exchange list, are issued. I believe that this is a preparation for the beginning of the exchange procedure. The Ukrainian side has fulfilled almost all its obligations achieved …

  • German Foreign Minister: Russia's annexation of Crimea a ‘fatal violation of international law’

    On the anniversary of the Crimea’s annexation by Russia, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas deplored Russia’s actions in the peninsula. “This fatal violation of law is now in its fifth year. Russia tried to shift boundaries by resorting to military force. Those who act like this destroy trust and put in question basic principles of peaceful coexistence,” Maas stated on Twitter.

    Earlier, the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic stated that although the Crimea has been annexed by Russia, it is …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister urges Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

    During a joint press conference with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl urged the Russian authorities to release the captured Ukrainian military sailors, as well as other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, in particular, director Oleh Sentsov and activist Vladimir Balukh, reports Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.

    “Austria regrets the military escalation in the Kerch Strait on November 25th. In connection with this, we …

  • Kyiv: More than 80 Ukrainians held in Russian prisons for political views

    More than 80 Ukrainian citizens are being held in Russian prisons due to their political views, Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova wrote on Facebook. 

    “Every year on January 12, Ukraine observes the Day of the Ukrainian Political Prisoner. Unfortunately, the matter of political prisoners is extremely relevant today. Among the modern political prisoners are Oleh Sentsov, Stanislav Klykh, Pavlo Hryb, Roman Sushchenko, Kazim Ametov, Asan Chapukh, Bekir Degermendzhi, Remzi …

  • Putin says it does not make sense to release Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov

    During a session of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has been considering the fate of prisoners, especially the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, but does not intend to “take a step towards Ukraine”.

    During the session, filmmaker Alexander Sokurov pointed out that Russia is experiencing great tension in connection with foreign policy problems. In this regard, he was particularly interested in the fate of the Ukrainian political …

  • Sentsov awarded Sakharov Prize

    The Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is currently being imprisoned in Russia, has been awarded the “Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought”.

    Sentsov is the first Ukrainian ever to receive this award, which is presented by European Parliament  for an outstanding contribution to the defense of human rights and basic freedoms. The presentation ceremony is scheduled to be held in Strasbourg on December 12.

    The Ukrainian political prisoner’s candidacy was proposed by European Parliament’s …

  • Poland bestows imprisoned filmmaker Sentsov with 'For Human Dignity' award

    Poland bestowed the eighth annual Pro Dignitate Humana (“For Human Dignity”) award to Oleh Sentsov who has been illegally imprisoned in Russia, stated Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz at a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

    The award was founded by former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski in 2011. Klimkin stressed that the filmmaker deserves the award not only because he is a political prisoner but also because the aim of his …