Ukraine hopes Moscow will be forced to revise filmmaker sentence

President Poroshenko expects international community to pressure Russia over Ukrainian political prisoners

Ukraine hopes Moscow will be forced to revise filmmaker sentence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has described Russian verdict on Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov as unfair, the presidential press service said.

"Ukraine considers the sentence which was passed on filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in Russia today as unfair," the press service said in its statement.

Poroshenko is hopeful that international pressure could help to force Russia into revising the 20 year sentence for filmmaker Sentsov.

"I am sure the effective steps of the Ukrainian authorities and the global coalition which we have managed to forge to support Ukraine will result in the release of Nadezhda Savchenko [who stays in a pre-trial detention center in Russia accused of involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists near Luhansk last year] and Oleg Sentsov who will be able to return home like heroes," Poroshenko stressed.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry protested against the conviction of Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko and demanded their immediate release.

The North Caucasus District Military Court on Tuesday found Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov guilty of conspiracy to commit terrorist attacks in Crimea and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. His "accomplice" Alexander Kolchenko got ten years in prison.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2015, 09:43