Ukraine raids Kiev offices of Russian state media


"Russia will do everything to ensure its citizen is freed, and to prevent other journalists finding themselves in similar situations, whether they are Russian citizens or work for Russian media" foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a briefing. On the same day, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) broke into the office of RIA Novosti Ukraine in Kiev. Security agents also arrested a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist, accusing him of treason.

The transfer of Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the Head of the RIA News-Ukraine from Kyiv to Kherson for choosing of the restrictive measure has begun as his advocate reported.

"The aggressor country used [these media] in the context of a hybrid information warfare against Ukraine", she said.

Russian Federation and Ukraine have been locked in a bitter feud since the 2014 Crimea takeover.

At the same time, Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Sputnik news agency, has stated that she thought what was happening in Ukraine was Kiev's "revenge" for the recently opened Crimea Bridge.

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It was established that in spring 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea, Vyshinsky produced anti-Ukrainian materials and received a medal "For the Return of Crimea" from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the SBU said.

Zakharova accused Ukrainian authorities of a "repressive" policy against the media and expressed Russia's "indignation at the brutal violations of the freedom of the press in Ukraine".

"If it is the case that the actions of Ukrainian law enforcement bodies are somehow connected with the professional work of these media organizations, that would be outrageous and scandalous", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Deputy head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko said Vyshinsky had been paid Euro 53,000 every month for discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine.