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Ukrainian MFA demands release of journalist arrested in Russia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has demanded consular access to Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent with the information agency Ukrinform detained in Russia, and also his immediate release.
Ukrainian MFA demands release of journalist arrested in Russia

“We demand that Russia observe the rights of the Ukrainian citizen, immediately grant Ukrainian consular officials access to the detainee in accordance with the obligations assumed by Russia under international law, and also his immediate release and unimpeded return to his Motherland,” the Foreign Ministry said in its commentary, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“We are deeply outraged by the fact that the Ukrainian journalist, who had come to the territory of the Russian Federation to visit his immediate family, was detained on a far-fetched accusation of espionage. We regard this as another step in Russia’s deliberate policies to use Ukrainians as political pawns in its hybrid aggression against our state,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

It should be recalled that Russian court has ruled on Monday that Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who has been detained in Moscow on charges of “espionage,” should be arrested for two months.