Klimkin, Mijatović discuss issue of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Crimea

Klimkin, Mijatović discuss issue of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Crimea

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović have discussed the situation of illegally detained and imprisoned citizens of Ukraine in Russia and the occupied Crimea.

The meeting between Klimkin and Mijatović took place on May 17 as part of the visit of the Ukrainian foreign minister to Denmark, where the 128th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was held, the press service of the Foreign Ministry reports.

"The parties discussed the situation of illegally detained and imprisoned citizens of Ukraine on the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol," the report reads.

Klimkin informed the commissioner about the systematic persecution by Russia of Ukrainian citizens - journalists, public activists and all those who disagreed with the Kremlin's aggressive policy against Ukraine and the occupation of a part of its territory. "The cases of Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, Uzeir Abdullayev and more than 60 Ukrainians are not isolated cases of human rights violations, but consistent and clearly coordinated policy of Moscow," Klimkin said.

The parties also discussed the prospects for the work of newly elected commissioner regarding monitoring of the human rights situation in Crimea occupied by Russia and in the Ukrainian Donbas, which continue to suffer from Russian aggression.

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