Ukraine expels a senior diplomat from the Russian embassy in Kyiv. He must leave Ukrainian territory within 72 hours starting from April 19. This is stated in the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
The corresponding decision was made in connection with the expulsion of the Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg, Oleksandr Sosonyuk.
"In response to this provocation, the senior diplomat of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv must leave the territory of Ukraine within 72 hours starting from April 19," the message says.
The diplomatic department of Ukraine expressed a strong protest over the detention of the Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg.
On the morning of April 17, the FSB of Russia reported the arrest of the Ukrainian consul Oleksandr Sosonyuk. The diplomat was allegedly detained while receiving information of a classified nature during a meeting with a citizen of the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that they are preparing a response based on the principle of reciprocity in connection with the detention of the Ukrainian consul.
The Foreign Ministry called the actions of the Russian security officials "another provocation against the backdrop of a military escalation along the borders of Ukraine."