In the UK, concerned about the hunger strike of Ukrainian political prisoners

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UK deeply concerned about the state of health of the Ukrainian politzakluchennyh Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Vladimir Baloga and Aleksandra shumkova, who went on hunger strike in a Russian prison. This is stated in the statement of the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of great Britain, published on the website of the British government on 6 June.

“We are deeply concerned about the state of health of the four Ukrainian citizens held by Russia, who declared a hunger strike in protest against the continued imprisonment of political prisoners by the Ukrainian authorities of the Russian Federation. Their prison terms as the detention of many other Ukrainians incarcerated by the Russian authorities, are represented politically motivated”, – said in a statement.

The British authorities urged Russia to immediately release political prisoners.

“Control, set by Russia over the Crimea, remains illegal and illegitimate and constitute a flagrant violation of a number of international obligations of the Russian Federation”, – added the foreign Ministry of great Britain.

Baluch fast since March 19, 2018. Today, his lawyer Olga Dinze said that after a month of hunger strike, the activist lost 30 kg, so I agreed to eat crackers and drink jelly.

14 may 2018 indefinite hunger strike announced Sentsov. He demanded the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners, but in the list are not included.

On may 24, a former security guard individual people’s Deputy Dmitry Yarosh Alexander Shumkov, who was illegally held in Russia, went on hunger strike in support of Sentsov and other political prisoners.

Kol went on a hunger strike demanding the release of Sentsov may 31.

In may 2018 the speaker of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Marian Betz reported that in Russia for political reasons are held 24 Ukrainian, and in Crimea – more than 40.