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USA endorses Kiev's raid on Russian news agency amid worldwide condemnation

Кремль отреагировал на обыски СБУ в офисе РИА Journalist With Russian State News Agency Detained, Office Searched In Kyiv
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 13:00

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted by TASS news agency as saying that the US state department should insist on the release of the journalists instead of being lenient to the Ukrainian government.

"We understand that Ukraine, like a lot of other countries, has been concerned about intense propaganda", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told journalists on Tuesday.

Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) together with the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Tuesday raided the Kyiv office of the agency RIA Novosti Ukraine.

Vyshynsky's colleagues at RIA Novosti-Ukraine said he was detained today near his home in Kiev, according to a report by the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

"They broke into our office, there is no contact with the employees, our website is not updated, telephones are blocked", she wrote on Twitter.

Vyshinski is a Ukrainian national who received a Russian passport in 2015 by presidential decree.

Ukrainian safety company SBU stated in a press release that it's investigating "a community of media retailers" managed by the Russian authorities that are "used as instruments in a hybrid warfare towards Ukraine".

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"The arrests of journalists or searches taken of media outlets, if that is done, it has to be done in accordance with the law".

"I completely agree with the fact that the global community should finally provide an adequate reaction to the long-standing policy of oppressing Russian-language media in Ukraine".

The OSCE official added that within the framework of the Helsinki Final Act, the OSCE member states had committed to ensure proper working conditions for foreign reporters working on the territories of such countries.

The diplomat added that support of the media freedom across the world was very important for Germany. "The criminalization of alternative news and views has no place in a democratic Ukraine".

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

Zakharova also criticized the Western states and global organizations for not paying enough attention to crackdown on the press in Ukraine.