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Moscow demands release of Russian journalists in Kiev, expects OSCE response

The Russian Foreign Ministry demands that the hunt for representatives of the Russian media in Ukraine be halted

MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Moscow demands that Ukrainian security services should release Russian journalists detained in Kiev and expects a response to the Ukrainian authorities’ unlawful actions from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

"Today the Security Service of Ukraine detained without giving any explanations Channel One journalists Yelena Makarova and Sergey Korenev and NTV Channel journalist Andrey Grigoryev. We demand that our journalists be immediately released and the hunt for representatives of the Russian media be halted," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Moscow expects "a corresponding reaction from specialized international organizations, primarily OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, to new unlawful acts by the Ukrainian authorities," the statement said.