"Oleh’s lost hope. That’s what he wrote to me: ‘I do not believe that we will ever live together in Kyiv,’ he was talking about himself and his kids. He made out his will. He also wrote that he suffers from hypoxia which impacts his heart and brain. He feels really sick and does not know how long he'll last," Kaplan said.
According to Sentsov's sister, she no longer hopes for a miracle but only does whatever she can.
"I now feel like I'm in a terrible stalemate. I used to have a plan: to hold a rally, to file an appeal, to print his stories, to meet with politicians, to deliver a speech somewhere. But now I have no idea what to do next," Kaplan said.
She notes that she speaks with foreign politicians on a regular basis and holds talks with Ukrainian Parliament First Deputy Speaker, Iryna Herashchenko.
"I myself already do not see who else on this planet can be involved in this effort. We’ve already tried everything, did everything we could, but so far to no avail," Kaplan said.
She stressed that not only Ukrainian officials make efforts to liberate Sentsov, but also French President Emmanuel Macron, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian officials.
Sentsov is serving a sentence in the maximum security labor camp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. This prison's inmates are serving sentences for commission of grave and especially grave crimes.
Sentsov was detained by the Russian FSB Security Service in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2014 together with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were brought to Russia and tried in a trumped-up case on charges of organizing acts of terror and arson on the peninsula. On Aug. 25, 2015, Sentsov and Kolchenko were sentenced to 20 years and 10 years in prison respectively. On Oct. 21, 2016, Russia refused to extradite the two Ukrainians to Ukraine, claiming they had automatically acquired Russian citizenship after the annexation of Crimea.
Sentsov’s cousin-sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 that her cousin reported on his failing health in a letter. He in particular said that he is losing his hair and has his teeth crumbling into small pieces.
On May 14, 2018, the fillmmaker said he went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.