Lavrov blasts claims of Russia’s 'involvement' in Montenegro coup attempt as groundlessRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:55
Kremlin: Putin’s decree on recognition of LPR and DPR passports signed on humanity groundsRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:42
Rosneft starts drilling first exploration well in IraqBusiness & Economy February 20, 13:38
Kremlin calls Ukrainian MP’s proposal for Russia to take Crimea on lease 'absurd'Russian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:34
Lavrov: US confirms Russian ambassador routinely wiretappedRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:15
Lavrov calls on UN to invite Moscow group of Syria’s opposition to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:11
Lavrov states Russia cannot take Crimea on lease from itselfRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:04
Press review: No breakthrough at Security Conference and no-fly list for troublemakersPress Review February 20, 13:00
Russia to complete testing assault rifles for Ratnik ‘soldier of future’ gear in summerMilitary & Defense February 20, 12:59
“The Investigative Committee is about to make a decision on opening a criminal case on the incident, and later on the case will be merged with the criminal case on use of forbidden substances and war methods,” he said.
“It is evident already that we are speaking here about kidnapping of Russian citizens, which means a grave violation of the Geneva convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
The Investigative Committee has organised a specialised department on investigation of crimes against civilians in Ukraine and opened a criminal case on illegal methods of war used by as yet unidentified military of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and members of the Ukrainian National Guard and Right Sector. The reasons to open the criminal case were the shelling of cities Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Mariupol and others.
“The events in eastern Ukraine continue, and if in future we reveal new episodes, they will be included into this criminal case,” he said.
The journalists were released on the night from Sunday to Monday.
"The camera man and the engineer were turned over to the Russian side at the Nekhoteyevka international border-crossing station (Belgorod Region)," a source at the TV network said earlier Monday.Zvezda journalists Andrei Sushenkov and Anton Malyshev had arrived in Ukraine in order to cover the inauguration of Petro Poroshenko. Contact with them was lost in the evening of June 6 after they arrived at a checkpoint in Donetsk Region.
The leadership of the Zvezda TV network applied to Poroshenko in a request for release of the journalists, and also asked for support from the journalistic community in this respect. The Embassy of Russia to Ukraine joined in the efforts towards release of the Zvezda journalists.
The Human Rights Council, the Journalists Unions of Russia and Moscow, and the European Commission also urged Ukraine to release the Russian reporters.