11:43 17.10.2018

Kyiv demands allowing Ukrainian doctors, consul to visit Sentsov

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Kyiv demands allowing Ukrainian doctors, consul to visit Sentsov

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine insists on an urgent admission of Ukrainian doctors and a consul to Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov.

"Oleh, you must live! And fight. We demand that the Russian Federation urgently allow Ukrainian doctors and a consul to political prisoner Sentsov," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

As reported, at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, Kaplan stated that her brother was in a serious condition, who ended a multi-day hunger strike.

"He has now ended his hunger strike. He did so to avoid force-feeding. [...] He ended [his hunger strike] with very impaired health, all of his internal organs were affected quite seriously," Kaplan said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"Ending a hunger strike is quite a serious procedure, no one can say now whether Oleh will survive," she said.

His latest letters are very pessimistic, his cousin said. "He has made a will, he asks us not to leave his children, he does not believe he will be released. [...] Maybe he still believes in it, but he no longer expects it. [...] He is preparing to ensure that his work and children live on without him," Kaplan said.

She said she hopes he is released.

On October 6, he announced that he was ending his hunger strike over the threat of being force-fed.

In August 2015, the North Caucasus District Military Court sentenced Sentsov, arrested in Crimea in 2014, to 20 years in a high-security penitentiary for forming a terrorist group in Crimea.

Sentsov went on hunger strike on May 14, 2018, and demanded that all Ukrainians incarcerated in Russia be released.

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