Poroshenko on Sushchenko's verdict: "Kremlin sentences itself"

21:35, 04 June 2018
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the ruling of the Russian court handed down Monday, June 4, to the Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko proves that the Kremlin regime will stop at nothing in its attempt to break the spirit of Ukrainians.

"Unprecedented cynicism of the Russian 'court,' which sentenced Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, on false charges, proves that the Kremlin regime will stop at nothing in its attempt to break the spirit of Ukrainians, but I am sure that Russia will certainly be held liable for its actions," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

"The Kremlin shows panic fear, testifies to its own aggression against Ukraine and sentences itself," wrote the president.

In turn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed protest over Roman Sushchenko's sentencing, according to the ministry's spokesperson Marianna Betsa.

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"We express protest to Russia against an illegal sentence to journalist Sushchenko. A politically motivated case. We demand his release," she wrote on Twitter.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Moscow city court has sentenced Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrainian Ukrinform news agency, to 12 years in a high security colony.

The prosecutors insisted on a 14-year term for Sushchenko, who is charged with "espionage."

The FSB detained Sushchenko at a Moscow airport upon his arrival September 30, 2016.

He was charged with "espionage," as the Russian authorities insist he is an "operative" of Ukraine's intelligence service. The court started considering the Sushchenko case behind closed doors on March 27, 2018.

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