Ukraine will hand over reporters of the Russian TV channel Zvezda (Star) to military attache of the Russian embassy in Kiev.
Journalists will be handed over to the Russian representative at 1.30 p.m. local time (2.30 p.m. Moscow time) at the regional administration building, the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration told Interfax.
Zvezda reporters Yevgeny Davydov and Nikita Konashenkov were detained by the Ukrainian law enforcement authorities in the Dnipropetrovsk region on June 14. It emerged on June 15 that the journalists were being held in a Justice Ministry building of the Dnipropetrovsk region. The TV channel's executives managed to place a call to one of them.
The journalists of the Zvezda channel arrived in Ukraine officially, having shown their reporters' IDs, and their business trip to Ukraine ended on June 14.
This is a second detention of Zvezda reporters, which has occurred recently. Zvezda crew members Andrei Sushenkov and Anton Malyshev were detained on June 6 by National Guard subdivision near Bylbasovka, not far from Slovyansk. Sushenkov managed to tell Zvezda producer on the telephone that they were being checked at a post and that all documents were taken from them, and after this contact with them was lost.
The Ukrainian National Guard said later that the Russian reporters were detained on suspicion of gathering information about the blockpost and were handed over to Ukrainian Security Council representatives in order to clarify the circumstances and purposes why they were near the blockpost. The journalists were handed over to Russian diplomats overnight into June 9 and brought to Moscow with a special flight of the Russian Defense Ministry.
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