The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine

Ukraine’s state security service searched the Kiev offices of RIA Novosti and RT

Ukraine’s state security service searched the Kiev offices of RIA Novosti and RT

"I express serious concern about this morning's raid on Russian media offices in Kyiv, the arrest of journalists, and the search of journalists' homes".

Ukraine's domestic security agency, the SBU, on Tuesday raided the Kyiv offices of RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news outlet.

"Law enforcers have determined that they were used by the aggressor country in the context of a hybrid information war against Ukraine".

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The office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is investigating Vyshinsky's case, is located in Kherson, the Russian propagandist news agency RIA Novosti reported.

"Investigative actions are continuing, there are searches in RIA Novosti and other media structures", Olena Gitlyanska, a spokeswoman for the SBU security services said.

Moscow has sent two notes of protest to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in connection with the situation around journalists of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Wednesday.

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

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on May 16 that "Russia categorically rejects such treatment of its citizens, especially if they work for media outlets and if their freedom is limited and severe accusations are brought for reasons of their professional activity".

Ukraine's actions against RIA Novosti-Ukraine and Vyshynsky come amid tensions between Kiev and Moscow over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its support of an armed separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has claimed over 10,300 lives, according to the United Nations.

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Moscow called Wednesday for a Russian journalist detained in Ukraine for treason to be freed, condemning Kiev authorities for what it said was a repressive policy against the media.

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