President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine would not leave in trouble the Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko, who had been illegally convicted in the Russian Federation on the "absolutely fictitious" espionage charges.
“Look how he's been coping with this. See how he shows unique examples of courage and patriotism. As president and as a citizen of Ukraine, I'd like to emphasize that we will not leave Roman in trouble,” Poroshenko said during a ceremony marking a centenary of the state news agency Ukrinform, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The president said that the entire civilized world had united to protect the Ukrainian journalist.
“Hundreds of organizations demand the immediate release of Roman and other Ukrainian political prisoners and their immediate return to their homes. And the names of Sentsov and Sushchenko have become a symbol, a tandem, a priority of demands. They have become perhaps the highest-profile political prisoners who are being illegally held by Russia,” Poroshenko stressed.
The president recalled that Sushchenko had been “held in captivity in the Kremlin's Mordor for the third year already.”
Also, Petro Poroshenko recalled that the Sushchenko case had been regularly discussed at his meetings with foreign counterparts, including during his Nov 11 visit to Paris where he met French President Emmanuel Macron.
Poroshenko noted that he had awarded Sushchenko with the Order of Courage, praising his heroism and true patriotism.
He presented the award to Angela Sushchenko, the Kremlin prisoner's wife.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on September 30, 2016, detained an Ukrinform correspondent, Roman Sushchenko, in Moscow, labeling him a Ukrainian intelligence officer who allegedly "deliberately collected classified information on activities of the armed forces and the national guard of the Russian Federation."