Statement on Detained Ukrainian Citizens in Russia

As delivered by Ambassador B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna | October 9, 2014

The United States joins Ukraine in continuing expressing concern over the continued detention of Ukrainian citizens in Russia. At a time when signatories of the Minsk Protocol should be implementing their commitments, Russia continues to disregard its obligations by detaining Ukrainian citizens such as service member Nadia Savchenko and film producer Oleg Sentsov.

Nadia Savchenko’s abduction by separatists, her smuggling across Ukraine’s border into Russia, and her detention and treatment in Russia are unacceptable. Her treatment recalls vile Soviet authoritarian tactics.

We also condemn the detention of Crimean film director and pro-Maidan activist Oleg Sentsov, who has been detained since May 11 on trumped-up charges in Moscow.

We again call on Russia to release these Ukrainian citizens immediately.

Thank you, Madam Chair.