Ukrainian FM thanks Polish parliament for resolution on political prisoners

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has expressed his gratitude to the Polish Sejm (lower house), which urged Moscow to free Ukrainian citizens held for political reasons in Russian prisons. Thanks to such partners as Poland, we are stronger, he said.

"Let me express my gratitude to the Polish Sejm for its resolution calling on Moscow to free Ukrainian political prisoners, including #FreeSentsov (Oleg Sentsov - PAP). Thanks to such partners as Poland we are stronger and united in defence of values and the life of innocent people," Klimkin wrote on Twitter.

The Sejm in a Thursday resolution called on Moscow to free Ukrainian citizens held for political reasons in Russian prisons, such as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a native of Crimea, who was sentenced to 20 years in a penal colony.

The resolution, which was prepared by a group of opposition MPs from the Civic Platform party, was passed in a 410-2 vote, with two abstentions.

The Sejm stressed in the resolution that "millions of representatives of the democratic world" await the release of people "who are persecuted for political reasons."

"We demand the release of Crimean-native film director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced in April 2015 to 20 years in a penal colony on terrorism charges," the resolution reads.

The MPs voiced their concern about Sentsov's health due to his ongoing hunger strike. The resolution also mentioned journalist Roman Sushchenko, a Paris correspondent for a Ukrainian news agency, who was sentenced in early June to 12 years in a penal colony on charges of espionage.