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Britain Concerned About Deteriorating Health Of Ukrainian Political Prisoners Sentsov, Balukh, And Kuku

Britain Concerned About Deteriorating Health Of Ukrainian Political Prisoners Sentsov, Balukh, And Kuku

Britain is concerned about the deteriorating health of three Ukrainian political prisoners – filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, activist Volodymyr Balukh, and Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usain Kuku.

The press service of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced this in a statement, which was published on the British embassy in Ukraine’s Facebook page, the Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"Three Ukrainian nationals currently in Russian detention are on hunger strike to demand Russia release Ukrainian political prisoners.

The United Kingdom remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating health and welfare of three Ukrainian political prisoners; Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, and Emir-Huseyn Kuku,” the statement said

According to the statement, Sentsov and Balukh were given lengthy jail sentences following trials that have fallen well short of international standards.

Kuku is currently on trial, it added.

"We have seen increasingly worrying reports about the welfare and treatment of these men. Human rights monitoring organizations have been denied access to visit them and up to 70 other political prisoners being held in Crimea and the Russian Federation," the statement said.

According to the statement, Britain considers the imprisonment of these men and many more Ukrainians appears to be politically motivated and calls on the Russian authorities to release them immediately.

“It is deplorable that the Russian authorities continue to deny access by International monitoring organizations to the detention facilities, even as the health of these prisoners deteriorates,” the statement said.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the United States’ Department of State recently called on Russia to free hunger strikers Sentsov, Stanyslav Klykh, Oleksandr Shumkov, and Balukh.


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