Russian embassy workers detained in Kiev freed, says Russian Foreign Ministry

Two workers of the Russian embassy to Ukraine who were detained in Kiev earlier this week have been freed, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday.

Two workers of the Russian embassy to Ukraine who were detained in Kiev earlier this week have been freed, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday.

"Due to efforts that have been undertaken, two workers of the embassy of the Russian Federation to Ukraine responsible for the foreign mission's security, who were detained in Kiev, were freed today and have returned to their home country," it said.

Earlier on Saturday, the Russian embassy in Kiev officially declared the disappearance of Third Secretary Andrei Golovanov and Attache Mikhail Shorin on Ukrainian territory.

"The Interior Ministry department for Kiev made a statement in which it publicly denied the detention of the two employees of the Russian Embassy in Kiev by Ukrainian law enforcement bodies. In this connection, the Russian Embassy in Kiev points out that Ukraine had documentarily acknowledged the fact of the Russian diplomats' detention in a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry note of August 27," the embassy said.

"Considering so contradictory statements by Ukrainian government bodies, the Russian Embassy to Ukraine has to officially declare the disappearance of Third Secretary Golovanov and Attache Shorin on Ukrainian territory," the embassy said.

The Russian embassy workers were detained on August 27. Kiev said they were held at the city department of the Ukrainian Security Service.

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