: 12 Ukrainian political prisoners still in Russia, 16 in Crimea, many more in Donbas: Klimkin

15:07 Jun. 17, 2016

12 Ukrainian political prisoners still in Russia, 16 in Crimea, many more in Donbas: Klimkin

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister. (UNIAN Photo)

Ukrainian FM calls for E.U. and G7 to 'make clear statements'

Currently 12 Ukrainian political prisoners are held in Russian jails, 16 are imprisoned in Crimea, and many more are in captivity in the separatist-occupied regions of eastern Ukraine. That's according to Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

"Russian attempts to take Ukrainian political prisoners away from the Crimean territory, making the impression that Crimea is an element of Russia, this is not going to work, nobody will recognize this," Klimkin said on Friday during a briefing. "We will request the E.U. and G7 to make clear statements on this."

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The Minister stated Ukraine will be working to draw the international politicians to the issue.

"Each politician coming from the civilized world should start any conversation with Russian representatives by mentioning the questions of Crimea occupation, the situation in Donbas, and the need to unite the forces to free our political prisoners," the Ukrainian official noted.

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