The 42-year-old Ukrainian film director spends 90 days on hunger strike in a Russian jail

Oleg Sentsov demands that he and 64 other Ukrainians he considers political prisoners be released

A Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned for a terrorism conviction spent 90 days on hunger strike in a Russian jail and the prison system has contradicted claims that his lawyer is fragile and has little weight.

On May 14, Oleg Sentsov began a hunger strike in the high-security prison colony of Labytnangi, where he is being held, and demands that he be released along with 64 other Ukrainians whom he considers political prisoners.

His lawyer Dmitry Dinze said this week that Sentsov has become increasingly fragile, has lost 30 kilograms of weight and now has a low level of hemoglobin.

Oleg Sentsov demands that he and 64 other Ukrainians he considers political prisoners be released

Oleg Sentsov demands that he and 64 other Ukrainians he considers political prisoners be released

But the Federal Penitentiary Service said in a statement yesterday that Sentsov is being given a daily nutritional formula and that "to this day, there has not been a deficit in body mass or a worsening of his health".

The penitentiary service specifically referred to the alleged weight loss of 30 kilograms in the statement, saying that "this information does not correspond to reality."

The service said that it is taking all the necessary steps & # 39; to maintain Sentsov's health status.

"The prisoner takes nutritional supplements to protect his heart and nervous system," he said.

"It does not require emergency hospitalization," he said, calling his health status "satisfactory."

Sentsov, opposed to the annexation of Crimea in Russia in 2014, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015, accused of terrorism and sent to Labytnangi, in the far north of Russia.

It is reported that Oleg Sentsov, in the photo while pronouncing his verdict, lost 30 kilograms of weight

It is reported that Oleg Sentsov, in the photo while pronouncing his verdict, lost 30 kilograms of weight

It is reported that Oleg Sentsov, in the photo while pronouncing his verdict, lost 30 kilograms of weight

His case has garnered international support, with Western nations campaigning for his release.

The penitentiary service statement came after French President Emmanuel Macron raised Sentsov's situation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in a telephone call on Friday.

Putin promised to respond and quickly release details about Sentsov's health, "said the French presidency.

Sentsov's legal representative, respected rights lawyer Dmitry Dinze, said in an interview on Friday that Sentsov is "ready to die."

Sentsov's mother has urged Putin to issue a pardon and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has discussed the possibility of a prisoner exchange with the Russian leader, but supporters are losing hope that he will be released.

The US embassy said on Friday it was "seriously concerned" about Sentsov's health and asked Russia to release him and "his fellow Ukrainian prisoners" on humanitarian grounds.

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