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    Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada temporarily suspended all accreditations for journalists and support staff of several Russian media services including Ria Novosti.

    KIEV (Sputnik) – Ukraine has frozen all accreditations for journalists from Russia’s RIA Novosti, a part to the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, the Ukrainian parliament’s press service said Wednesday.

    "In accordance with the ruling by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada on the temporary suspension of accreditation for journalists and support staff of several Russian media services operating in the organs of Ukraine’s state structures, I am announcing the temporary freezing of accreditations of journalists and representatives of your media working in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada," according to a letter signed by the press service’s head, Viktoria Shvedova.

    Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev called this decision a violation of freedom of speech.

    "This decision testifies to the closed nature of the Kiev authorities and is a violation of free speech. It doesn't seem like a European way of doing things," Kiselev said.

    On Monday, a source in Ukraine’s Security Service told RIA Novosti that Rossiya Segodnya, as well as all Russian TV channels except for Dozhd were to lose their accreditation with Ukrainian governmental institutions.

    The same day, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow will discuss the intolerable limit put on Russian media in Ukraine with Kiev at various levels.

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