Two journalists of the Russian TV channel Zvezda detained in eastern Ukraine on Friday on suspicion of collecting information on the functioning of a checkpoint have been handed over to Ukrainian Security Service officials for further inquiries, the Ukrainian National Guard website reported on Saturday.
"National Guard servicemen yesterday detained two journalists from the Russian media outlet Zvezda near a checkpoint in the antiterrorist operation zone on suspicion of monitoring and collecting information on the organization of service at this checkpoint. They had documents confirming accreditation from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. The detained individuals have been handed over to Security Service officials to clarify the circumstances and purposes of their presence near the checkpoint," the report says.
Cameraman Andrei Sushenkov and sound engineer Anton Malyshev had officially entered Ukraine to cover Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's inauguration ceremony. It was reported on Friday that a National Guard unit detained the journalists near the community of Bylbasivka, not far from Slovyansk.
The TV channel's management has urged President Poroshenko to free the journalists.
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