Russia swaps prisoners with Ukraine including filmmaker, says prosecutor

Russia swaps prisoners with Ukraine together with filmmaker, says prosecutor

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov attends a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, August 25, 2015Picture copyright

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Movie-maker Oleg Sentsov acquired a 20-year jail sentence in Russia in 2015

Russia has reportedly launched Ukrainian sailors and the film-maker Oleg Sentsov from jail as a part of a prisoner swap with Ukraine.

The swap was reported in Fb feedback reposted by Ukraine’s prime prosecutor.

Sentsov was discovered responsible of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea after Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014.

The sailors had been captured off Crimea final November when Moscow stated the seamen violated its maritime border.

There has nonetheless been no official assertion from both aspect. However relations of a number of the detainees are already reported to be gathering at airports in Kiev.

  • Ukrainian starvation striker Sentsov ‘close to finish’ in Russian jail

Phrase had unfold {that a} prisoner swap was imminent in current days as Sentsov was moved to Moscow from a jail in Russia’s Arctic north.

The Ukrainian was arrested in 2014 throughout a protest towards Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula,

Sentsov was given a 20-year jail sentence after prosecutors stated he was concerned in two tried arson assaults within the metropolis of Simferopol, ordered by extremist Ukrainian group Proper Sector. He denied the fees.

The trial was condemned by the US, EU and different movie administrators.

Sentsov began a starvation strike in Could final yr to press Russia to free 64 jailed Ukrainians whom he calls political prisoners. After greater than 140 days he deserted the strike to keep away from being pressure fed.

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Media captionFootage of the Russia-Ukraine sea conflict

The sailors had been seized together with three naval ships as they tried to go by means of the Kerch Strait, the one entry to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov.

In Could a world tribunal ordered Russia to launch the sailors and vessels.

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