A protest in support of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held in Russia has been held outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev, reports.

“The protesters held posters reading ‘#FreeAfanasiev, #FreeSentsov, #FreeKolchenko’, ‘Afanasyev is being held hostage by a terrorist regime’, ‘Terrorists are not the ones in jail, but the ones in Kremlyn’, says the report.

It was reported earlier that the Russian authorities said they were going to hand over Alexander Kilchenko, Gennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko to Ukraine.

Russia’s Justice Ministry had its penitentiary department prepare documents necessary for the handover of the four prisoners to Ukraine where they are to serve their sentences. It is expected that a final decision on the handover will be made by a Russian court.