Ukraine Filmmaker Sentsov Receives EU’s Top Human Rights Prize

Ukraine Filmmaker Sentsov Receives EU’s Top Human Rights Prize

Ukraine Filmmaker Sentsov Receives EU’s Top Human Rights Prize

A Ukrainian film-maker freed in a prisoner swap after four years in a Russian jail warned Europe against growing friendly with Moscow as he received an European Union human rights prize on Tuesday.

Sentsov served five years of a 20-year sentence in a prison colony in Russia's Arctic far-north, for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

Before accepting the award from the European Parliament President David Sassoli, Sentsov addressed the European lawmakers, urging them not to forget the Ukrainians' sacrifices in the ongoing conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

According to the statement, published on the Kremlin website the two presidents touched upon the situation with the transfer of three Ukrainian ships seized near the Kerch Strait previous year.

Ukraine's president says he has discussed a new contract for natural gas supplies from Russia during a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I don't trust Mr. Putin and I call upon you not to trust him either". Zelenskiy asked Putin to return equipment that he says was stolen by Russian Federation when it seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in November 2018.

Sentsov went on a 145-day long hunger strike as a part of his fight to release all Ukranian political prisoners in Russian Federation but he was force-fed by the authorities due to his critical health condition.

"Every time you think of holding out a hand to Russian Federation, remember the 13,000 Ukrainian dead", he warned.

Russia, Ukraine have been at loggerheads since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula after a controversial referendum.

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