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Ukraine. Oleh Sentsov, Ukrainian director, former political prisoner of the Kremlin, wounded again at the front

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Ukrainian director and writer Oleh Sentsov was injured on the first day after returning to the front. The man had been injured in fighting with Russian forces just a week earlier and had been hospitalized. Originally from Crimea, Sentsov was imprisoned by Vladimir Putin’s regime for five years.

“The first combat mission after returning, during the landing we fell under artillery fire. Bradley transporters saved our lives again,” Ukrainian director and writer Oleh Sentsov wrote on Facebook on Monday.

He added that three soldiers were injured. “They took the shards out of my face, the smaller ones will stay forever in my hands and legs,” the 47-year-old said. He assured that all the injured were in good condition and thanked the medics.

Earlier, on July 9, Sentsov said he was slightly injured and was taken to the hospital. Five days later, on a national holiday France, he received in Kiev the Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest French decoration. He informed then that he had only come for one day and was returning to the front on Saturday.

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Sentsov’s political trial

Oleh Sentsov, a director from the region annexed in 2014 by Russia Crimea, was sentenced by a Russian court in August 2015 to 20 years in a penal colony for allegedly preparing terrorist attacks on the peninsula. The director denied the accusations and claimed that the actions against him were political in nature.

The Sentsov trial was criticized by Western states and international defense organizations human rights. The director was released from the Russian penal colony as part of a prisoner exchange in September 2019.

After Russia launched a full-fledged war against Ukraine Sentsov joined the Territorial Defense and later left to fight in the east of the country.

Main photo source: Mykola Kalyeniak/PAP





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