Ukraine considers the sentence for director Oleh Sentsov in Russia unfair, as stated by President Petro Poroshenko in the course of his communication with journalists in Odesa.
“Neither Nadiya, nor Oleh committed a crime. It is an absolutely appalling sentence. It is another confirmation of preconceived court; confirmation that there is no fair trial for Ukrainians in Russia,” the Head of State said.
The President noted that nobody expected a different verdict. “Did you expect the state-occupant and the state-aggressor to have a fair trial? What decision did you expect from the invader?” Petro Poroshenko asked.
The Head of State informed that in the course of the meeting in Berlin, the parties discussed the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, particularly the liberation of hostages both in the occupied areas and Russian prisons. “We have coordinated our actions that will defend Ukraine and ensure the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements,” the President said.
Answering the question whether Ukraine will take action in response to the given sentence, the President noted that insisting on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements is the action aimed to liberate the hostages, including Oleh Sentsov and Nadiya Savchenko.
“I am confident that efficient steps of the Ukrainian authorities and the international coalition will ensure the return of Nadiya Savchenko and Oleh Sentsov to Ukraine, where they will be met as heroes,” the President emphasized.