Ukraine hopes to see Kremlin’s political prisoner Zhemchugov released tomorrow - Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine hopes to see Kremlin’s political prisoner Zhemchugov released tomorrow - Petro Poroshenko
16 September 2016

Ukraine hopes that Volodymyr Zhemchugov, a political prisoner of the Kremlin, will get released as soon as on Saturday 17 September, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said in his speech to the 13th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES).

“I can share some optimism with you. We have great hope that tomorrow we will bring Zhemchugov home,” he said.

The president added that Ukraine demanded that Russia honour one of the key terms of the Minsk agreements, which is a release of hostages.

“We demand an immediate release of Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners who are held in Russian prisons. This includes Oleg Sentsov, [Oleksandr] Kolchenko, [Mykola] Karpyuk, [Stanyslav] Klykh, Zhemchugov and others,” he said.

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John Tefft
John Tefft
Ambassador to Ukraine (2009-2013), 15th YES Annual Meeting, 2018
«Russia still has to become a modern nation. It still hasn’t made the fundamental decisions to determine whether it’s going to be a part of the international community or whether it’s going to try to be an imperial power and attack its neighbors, and take their land.»