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MFA confirms detention of Ukrainian journalist in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian Consul already visited Pavlo Sharoyko
15:42, 17 November 2017

Unian

Vasyl Kyrylych, the Head of Department of Consular Support confirmed the information on the detention of Pavlo Sharoyko, the journalist of the Ukrainian radio as Radio Liberty reported.

According to Kyrylych, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine assumes measures to protect the rights of the detained citizen of Ukraine.

'We do not comment on the circumstances of the detention', he said.

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Ihor Kyzym, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus added that the Embassy of Ukraine sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

Also, it was reported that the Ukrainian Consul already visited detained Sharoyko as Sergy Tomilenko, the Head of the National Union of the Journalists of Ukraine reported to 112 Ukraine.

'As we know, the Consul of Ukraine visited Sharoyko and the nonpublic gathering of the information takes place', he said.

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Also, Tomilenko published the details of detention of Pavlo Sharoyko at Facebook.

'Pavlo Sharoyko, the Ukrainian journalist was detained in Minsk on October 25. The search was held the same day at the flat where Pavlo lives with his family. The KGB of Belarus detained Sharoyko. He has only the state advocate. There is no information on the attraction of the Ukrainian advocate to Sharoyko', he wrote.

Tomilenko also offered to unite the efforts of the National radio where Sharoyko works and the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine to attract the independent and qualified advocate.

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As we reported earlier Zurab Alasania, the CEO of National Television Company of Ukraine reported on the detention of Sharoyko on November 17.

He said that the Embassy of Belarus evaded the inquiries into the matter. “According to our unofficial information in Belarus, he faces the standard accusation for foreign reporters – espionage,” he wrote.

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