1003 GMT May 23, 2018
Russian RIA Novosti news agency said its office in Kiev had been raided and that its bureau chief had been detained for questioning, according to AP.
The agency said Ukrainian security officers stormed its office, and that it has been unable to get in touch with its correspondents there since.
Another outlet, RT, said it cannot contact its staff in Kiev after security officers raided the building. RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said on Twitter that its office phones in Kiev appeared to be blocked and that its Ukrainian website is down.
The raids were later confirmed by Ukrainian security agency, SBU, which said in a statement that it is investigating “a network of media outlets” controlled by the Russian government that are “used as tools in a hybrid war against Ukraine.”
Relations between Moscow and Kiev soured in 2014 when people in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea voted for reunification with the Russian Federation in a referendum.