Released Zvezda journalists arrive in Moscow from Kharkov

Zvezda television channel journalists Andrei Sushenkov and Anton Malyshev who had been freed in Ukraine arrived in Moscow from Kharkiv, Zvezda said.

Zvezda television channel journalists Andrei Sushenkov and Anton Malyshev who had been freed in Ukraine arrived in Moscow from Kharkov, Zvezda said.

Sushenkov and Malyshev were set free early on Monday morning. The media said they crossed the border through the Nekhoteyevka border control post in the Belgorod region.

Sushenkov and Malyshev officially arrived in Ukraine to cover the inauguration of Ukrainian President Elect Petro Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian National Guard detained them near the town of Bylbasovka, in the vicinity of Slavyansk, on June 6. Sushenkov told the channel producer seated in Moscow on the phone that they were being searched at a National Guard post in Bylbasovka and their documents had been seized. Contact with the journalists was lost after that.

The Zvezda filming crew was accused of alleged spying on the roadblock and gathering certain information.

The journalists said their passports were seized at the roadblock near Slavyansk; they were forced to wear masks and put on a helicopter. They spent two days in a tight and stuffy room, practically without drinking water, in the full blaze of the sun, where temperatures soared up to 50 degrees Celsius.

"We were hungry, hot and dirty. They did not quite torture us but manhandled us in an attempt to find out whether we were working for security services as some spies," the journalists recalled.

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