KIEV, May 15. /TASS/. Ukrainian Prosecutor-General’s Office has accused the Rossiya Segodnya international news agency of subversive activities in the country’s territory.
"The investigation has found that the federal state unitarian enterprise Rossiya Segodnya in 2014 created the Russian news agency Novosti Ukraina without obtaining state registration, required by the Ukrainian law on news agencies, for conducting subversive activities against Ukraine. The agency was used for several years to fill the Ukrainian media space with distorted information about events in Ukraine and in various ways excused the occupation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation," the Prosecutor General’s Office spokeswoman Larisa Sargan said in a statement in Facebook on Tuesday.
Sargan said the investigation also exposed the complicity of a number of Ukrainian citizens in "illegal activities by the aforesaid media resources in Ukraine," and gathered "considerable evidence proving the aforesaid illegal activities."
Sargan confirmed that a decision was about to be made whether the person who led the RIA Novosti Ukraine agency should be detained and charged with high treason.
Earlier on Tuesday, the security service SBU searched the agency’s office in Kiev and the homes of some of its staffers. The editor-in-chief, Kirill Vyshinsky, was detained.