Russian ombudsperson arrives in Kyiv, meets Ukrainian counterpart
Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova has arrived in Kyiv.
"She arrived in Kyiv. The goal is the case of [chief of the Russian RIA Novosti's Kyiv office] Kirill Vyshinsky," the Russian Embassy in Ukraine told UNIAN.
At about 12:00, Moskalkova was accepted by her Ukrainian counterpart Liudmyla Denisova at her Kyiv office.
Denisova wrote on Facebook that the two plan to discuss "the issues of the liberation of Ukrainian citizens held in the territory of the Russian Federation and the occupied Crimea, as well as citizens of the Russian Federation held in Ukraine".
Also, as the representative of the Verkhovna Rada wrote that the possibility would be discussed of solving humanitarian issues of providing individual citizens in remand facilities with medical or other types of assistance will.
"We will talk about our further cooperation," wrote Denisova.
In addition, the Ukrainian Ombudsperson published a video of the beginning of her meeting with Moskalkova.
"I hope that you have arrived to hear good news and bring good news," said Denisova.
Moskalkova said that "it is very important that a conversation had taken place between the presidents [of Ukraine and Russia]."
"And we are already acting within the framework of the dialogue that has been launched. It is very important that we find mechanisms and tools to help people," said Moskalkova.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine in May 2018 conducted raids in the office of RIA Novosti Ukraine in Kyiv. Later, it became known that Vyshinsky was detained and indicted on charges of high treason.
The SBU and prosecutors had uncovered the illegal activity of the Russian-controlled media chain in Ukraine. It was established that in spring 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea, Vyshinsky produced anti-Ukrainian materials and received a medal "For the Return of Crimea" from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the SBU said. Vyshinsky jointly with several other journalists started actively supporting the terrorist organizations in Donbas, the "DPR" and the "LPR," after his return from Crimea in 2014.
Deputy head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko said Vyshinsky had been paid EUR 53,000 every month for discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Vyshinsky was arrested in keeping with a ruling of Kherson's city court. On February 8, 2019, the court decided to extend his detention until April 8.
On January 10, 2019, the pretrial investigation into Vyshinsky's case was completed. Prosecutors sent his indictment to Kyiv's Podilsky district court.
The court began the trial on April 4, 2019.
On May 7, Vyshinsky's remand term was extended until July 22.
Another court hearing in the case against Vyshinsky will be held today, July 15.