The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issued a
statement in connection with the unlawful decision of the authorities of the
Russian Federation to condemn the citizens of Ukraine Oleh
Sentsov and Olexandr Kolchenko
to 20 and 10 years imprisonment respectively.
In its statement the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reminds
that Oleh Sentsov and
Olexandr Kolchenko were illegitimately arrested in
May of 2014 and accused of terrorist activities.
"Executing the political order of the Kremlin authorities,
the court completely defied the law, by ignoring, particularly, provided by
advocates of Ukrainian citizens evidence about their noninvolvement
in the alleged actions," the statement reads.
The MFA regards the sentence of the court indicates the
distinction by the Russian Federation from the principle of impartiality of
investigation and compliance with universal norms in the field of human rights.
"We demand from the Russian side to stop the show
trial, which for the sake of the ambitions of the Russian leadership cripples
human lives, and to immediately release Oleh Sentsov and Olexandr Kolchenko,
as well as other political hostages", reads the statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls on the
international community to publicly condemn this cynical crime against basic
human rights and to increase both political and diplomatic pressure on the
Russian Federation to free all citizens of Ukraine, who are still illegally
detained on the territory of the Russian Federation.
"The Ukrainian side will make every effort to free our
fellow citizens – being political prisoners in Russia", stress the Foreign
Ministry of Ukraine.