KYIV (QHA) -

The European Union called to immediately release all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the occupied Crimea, according to the statement of Maya Kotsiyanchich, a spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

The statement reminded that political prisoners Volodymyr Balukh and Oleg Sentsov continue the hunger strike.

"They opposed the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula and were convicted by courts whose jurisdiction is not recognized by the EU, in violation of international law and basic justice standards," reads the statement.

The EU also expressed concern over the detention of Crimean Tatar activists Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov, on the annexed peninsula.

QHA reported that on June 1 and 2 a global action #SaveOlegSentsov will be held in support of the political prisoner.

Earlier, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mariana Betsa said that Ukraine is considering all possible options for the release of Oleg Sentsov. The Foreign Ministry spokesperson stressed that the option of exchanging Oleg Sentsov for the director of Russian information agency RIA Novosti Ukraina Kirill Vyshinsky, who was detained in Kyiv on suspicion of state treason, is possible.

Oleg Sentsov started the hunger strike on May 14, demanding the Russian authorities to release 64 Ukrainian political prisoners.

Source: Radio Liberty

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