Ukraine searches Russian state media offices: Kiev

Kirill Vyshinsky  Facebook

Kirill Vyshinsky Facebook

Kononenko said that Vyshinsky was in Crimea at the time, and that he and journalists under his supervision issued reports "justifying" Moscow's move to seize the Ukrainian territory. Security agents also arrested a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist, accusing him of treason.

A lawyer of chief of RIA Novosti's Kyiv office Kirill Vyshinsky, who was detained on May 15 and was indicted on charges of high treason in Ukraine, has said his client is being transferred by Ukrainian law enforcers from Kyiv to Kherson for hearings on a preventive measure.

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

According to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which condemned the SBU raid and Vyshynsky's detention, Vyshynsky is a Ukrainian citizen with a Russian passport.

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

The SBU claimed in an official statement that in the spring of 2014, Vyshynsky traveled to Crimea, where he personally took part in "propaganda campaigns aimed at supporting annexation and joining the peninsula to the Russian Federation" while working for the state-run RT news outlet, formerly Russia Today.

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".

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.

Earlier the day, RIA Novosti reporter Kyrylo Vyshynsky was detained by Ukrainian law enforcement officers near his house.

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