A Russia Today crew has been denied entry to Ukraine for covering the upcoming presidential election, the television channel said on its website on Tuesday.
"The RT television journalists, who arrived in Kyiv to cover the upcoming election, are being sent back by the return flight to Moscow. The crew members said their luggage was thoroughly examined, then they were given papers denying them the entry despite them having accreditation," the statement said.
The journalists were denied entry because they "could not substantiate the purpose of their visit," the statement said.
"We arrived at Kyiv's international airport at around 4 p.m. and had our passports seized straight away during passport control. About an hour later we were invited into a special room to answer questions. We were invited one by one, each thoroughly interrogated for 20 minutes about the purpose of the visit, how much cash we were carrying and whether we had been in Ukraine before. I was also asked about my opinion on Crimea having joined Russia," RT journalist Anna Knishenko, who was among the crew, was quoted as saying.
Currently, the journalists are at Kyiv airport waiting for the return flight, but their passports have not been returned to them yet, the channel said on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday Russia Today said on its website that British freelance journalist Graham Phillips who is cooperating with RT had been held in Ukraine.
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