“The Kremlin continues holding Ukrainian hostages in its prisons both in Russia and on the occupied Ukrainian territories. Among them are the 24 Ukrainian sailors – prisoners of war. No mockery trial would help Russia hide its act of open aggression against Ukraine in the neutral waters of the Black sea,” President Petro Poroshenko stated during the annual Traditional meeting with foreign diplomats.
“Among them are Sakharov Prize laureate Oleg Sentsov, and Ukrainian patriot Volodymyr Baluch, who raised Ukraine’s flag over his house in the occupied Crimea,” the President said.
“Among them are the Crimean Tatars – sons and daughters of the people that suffers from a second genocide and a second deportation due to the Russian occupation,” Petro Poroshenko added.