Tusk, Poroshenko urged Russia to immediately release all Ukrainian hostages

All Ukrainian hostageswho are illegally detained by Russia, must be released immediately.

This was stated by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a joint press conference after the summit Ukraine – EU.

“I urge the immediate release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean Peninsula”, – he said.

In turn, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia annexed Crimea turns into an island of freedom and threats, so you should go to an active strategy of de-occupation of Crimea.

“We have agreed to provide more pragmatic support to our dialogue on the implications of the temporary occupation of the Crimean Peninsula. Today has all the conditions to move from a policy of non-recognition to an active strategy of de-occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia turns into an island of freedom and threats”, – he said.

In addition, Poroshenko called it symbolic that in your day of birth, the inhabitant of the Crimea Oleg Sentsov is still illegally in a Russian prison.

“It underlines our common responsibility for the fate of all Ukrainian citizens, who are held as hostages in the Donbas, the Crimea, or in Russia,” – said the head of state.

Recall, 25 August 2016 Sentsov was just sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony. He was accused in Russia of preparing to commit terrorist acts in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.

NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that the need to strengthen the work of intelligence to identify collaborators for the exchange of prisoners of the Kremlin.

“Oleg, come on, we’re with you! You were, are, and will always be a free Man! Russian grids will not be able to change that. Ukraine will fight for you to win!” – said Turchinov.