The U.S. Mission to the OSCE urged Russia to release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko who had spent over a year in detention and was accused of espionage. According to the statement published by the Mission, the U.S. also denounces Russia's actions in Eastern Ukraine.
“Russia has detained dozens of Ukrainians on a variety of baseless pretexts. The United States is deeply concerned that a Moscow court may sentence journalist Roman Sushchenko to up to 20 years imprisonment on fabricated charges of espionage. We call on Russia to drop these charges. The United States is also following the cases of Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh, who were convicted in May 2016 on bogus “terrorism” charges. We call on Russia to return both men to Ukraine,” US Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian said during permanent Council in Vienna.
The diplomat also emphasized the gravity of the situation in the Donbas conflict zone, saying that Russia was the key creator of tensions.
“We all know the truth: this is Russia’s conflict, but it is unwilling to make even simple moves to reduce tensions. Russia refuses to order the forces it arms, trains, leads and fights alongside to agree to the establishment of safety zones around critical infrastructure, or the withdrawal of forces in areas with dense civilian populations,” Mr. Kaiman noted.
The journalist of Ukrinform was detained in Moscow on September 30, 2016. He was accused of espionage. Since that time, Sushchenko has been kept in jail. Ukraine repeatedly appealed to the Russian Federation with a demand to immediately release the journalist.