KYIV (QHA) -

Former Polish President Lech Walesa submitted the candidacy of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the statement of the politician.

“Oleg Sentsov, in my deep conviction, embodies all the ideals that motivated me in my peaceful struggle for the future of the world. Faith in democracy, in peaceful methods of struggle, rejection of hatred, actions to strengthen brotherhood between nations and self-sacrifice in favor of other unjustly offended people are all features worthy of the high recognition by the free world,” the statement says.

Lech Walesa cited the story of Sentsov and noted that he was sentenced to 20 years in a colony on charges of terrorism for peaceful protest against the annexation of Russia by the Crimea. At the moment, the Ukrainian political prisoner has been on a hunger strike for more than 100 days.

The ex-president of Poland urged all people of good will to help in the release of Oleg Sentsov.

Earlier, the US State Department urged the Russian Federation to immediately release Sentsov. State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that the US authorities are concerned about the health of the political prisoner.

The United States and other countries initiated the drafting of an international declaration demanding the release of Oleg Sentsov.

QHA