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Ukraine’s security service charges RIA Novosti Ukraine editor with high treason

May 15, 21:19 UTC+3 KIEV

The SBU state security service said the pretrial investigation continued

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KIEV, May 15. /TASS/. Investigators have issued official charges with high treason to the Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency, Kirill Vyshinsky, the press service of the SBU state security service said.

"The chief of the propagandist anti-Ukrainian media resource RIA Novosti Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky, has been informed of suspicions regarding a committed crime," the report said. "He has been detained. The criminal case for him cites charges under Clause 1 of Article 111 [High Treason] of the Ukrainian Criminal Code."

The SBU said the pretrial investigation continued.

The chief of the SBU press service, Yelena Gitlyanskaya said earlier on Tuesday Kirill Vyshinsky had been detained.

Somewhat later, reports spoke of searches in the Kiev office of the news agency and at the apartment of reporter Lyudmila Lysenko.

The press service said the SBU had exposed operations of an alleged network of media resources controlled by the Russian Federation, which Moscow believably used as instruments in its ostensible hybrid information war against Ukraine.

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