KYIV (QHA) -

Ukraine intends to continue the struggle for release of the Ukrainian patriot Oleg Sentsov, who was imprisoned in the Russian Federation, according to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, the NSDC press service reported.

“Today is the birthday of Ukrainian patriot Oleg Sentsov. For the third year he marks it this day in the dungeons of the Russian Gestapo. From the first day of his arrest, he remained courageous and dignified. Torture or promises of liberation in exchange for cooperation could not break his spirit, so the Russian Federal Security Service failed to make a television show of his trial, so he is still kept behind bars,” he said.

According to Turchinov, it is very painful that the people are getting used to the lawlessness of Russian President Putin not only abroad, but in Ukraine as well. He stressed that this is unacceptable.

“Are there not enough arguments to force the Russian Federation to release the captured hostages? It is necessary to find them, intensifying counterintelligence to identify Russian agents, war criminals and collaborators, who can be exchanged for our patriots. Oleg, hold on, we're with you! You were, are and will always be a free man! The Russian grid will not be able to change this. Ukraine will fight for you till the end!” Turchynov said.

The NSDC Secretary noted that Ukraine will not stop fighting for the liberation of its citizens, while at least one Ukrainian patriot is illegally detained in Russia.

Reference: Today, July 13, one of the most famous Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia turns 41 years old.

In May 2014, four local pro-Ukrainian activists were arrested in occupied Simferopol: Gennady Afanasyev, Aleksei Chirny, Aleksander Kolchenko and film maker Oleg Sentsov. In August 2015, the Russian court found them guilty of plotting terrorist acts in the Crimea and setting fire to the offices of the two parties in Simferopol.

Afanasyev and Chirny agreed to cooperate with the investigation and were sentenced to seven years in prison. Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years, and Kolchenko - to 10 years in prison.

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