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LifeNews journalist detained in Ukraine video address appears on Youtube

May 21, 2014, 15:00 UTC+3
"It is not clear who posted this video, but I think it was SBU (Security Service of Ukraine)," LifeNews General Director Ashot Gabrelyanov says
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LifeNews reporter Marat Saichenko Youtube.com/lifenewsru
MOSCOW, May 21. /ITAR-TASS/. A video message of Marat Saichenko detained LifeNews journalist in Ukraine was uploaded on the Internet on Wednesday. Channel guidelines does not exclude that it was recorded under pressure. 

"We came to Donetsk. We got credentials and journalism license from Donetsk People’s Republic representative to cover referendum. After that we arrived in Kramatorsk where we covered referendum and events took place in this city. During news gathering we were in contact with self-defense forces and citizens, we didn’t have any contacts with Ukrainian army and authorities. We were detained by Ukrainian army officers on May 18," Marat Saichenko says in the video. 

"It is not clear who posted this video, but I think it was SBU (Security Service of Ukraine)," LifeNews General Director Ashot Gabrelyanov said. Marat Saichenko says that when the crew was crossing the Ukrainian border journalists had not informed that they were journalists, and thus allegedly violated Ukrainian law.

Gabrelyanov noted that "the Ukrainian authorities have created all the conditions for journalists to get Ukraine this way." However, he stressed that the correspondents had all the necessary documents for border crossing.

He did not rule out that the journalist made ​​the statement under the action of special substances. "Lawyers and even international observers were not allowed to the journalists. They may use drugs," he said.

Ukrainian law enforcers detained Sidyakin and Saichenko near the city of Kramatorsk. Last time journalists came on the line in the afternoon on Sunday, May 18. On Monday, deputy secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Viktoria Syumar accused detained Russian journalists of instigating terrorism in east Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

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