President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that during the meeting of "Normandy Four" leaders in Berlin, the question was raised about the Ukrainian hostages held in Moscow, including the arrested correspondent of "Ukrinform" Roman Sushchenko and Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov sentenced in Russia to 20 years in prison.
“We remembered all the hostages illegally held on the territory of the Russian Federation, including Sushchenko, Sentsov and Kol'chenko,” said Poroshenko, answering the question of a correspondent of Ukrinform in Germany.
According to the President of Ukraine, they also spoke about those held in captivity in the occupied territory. Ukraine insists on unhindered access of consuls, lawyers and representatives of the Red Cross to the Ukrainian citizens.
On the eve of the "Normandy Four" meeting in Berlin, lawyer Mark Feigin asked journalists not to allow Putin to avoid question about Roman Sushchenko’s fate.
Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrainian National Information Agency "Ukrinform" in France, was unlawfully detained in Moscow, where he arrived on personal business. In the evening, Oct. 2, the Kremlin-controlled media reported that Sushchenko is kept in Lefortovo jail on charges of “espionage.”
The North Caucasus Military District Court of the Russian Federation recognized the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov guilty of organizing a terrorist group and sentenced him to 20 years in colony.
Ukrainian activist Alexander Kol'chenko was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in a strict regime colony.
Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov insists that Russia and Ukraine continue to negotiate the exchange of prisoners. Peskov acknowledged that Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, keeps in contact with Russia on the issue.
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