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Ukrainian ombudsperson demands Sentsov's exchange "on any conditions"

She called for intervention into the situation to save the film director.

Ukrainian ombudsperson demands Sentsov's exchange "on any conditions"
Photo: Facebook/Lyudmyla Denisova

Ukrainian ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova has said she is prepared to fly out to Moscow "immediately" to discuss an exchange of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov with her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova and the chairman of the council for civil society development and human rights under the Russian president, Mikhail Fedotov.

She said she was ready to discuss his release "on any conditions" as he urgently needs medical help.

She also asked Russian authorities to find a plane to transport him to any hospital which may provide medical help to the Ukrainian film director who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian prison since mid-May.

Earlier in the day, his cousin Natalya Kaplan quoted Sentsov as saying in a letter to her that "the end is near, and it's not about his release".

In August 2015, Russia's North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in a heightened security colony. Russia accused him of creating a terrorist group in Crimea.

On 14 May 2018, Sentsov announced a hunger strike demanding that all Ukrainians held in Russia for political reasons be released.

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