"The fact that Kirill has been arrested is not new for us. Ukrainian authorities gave us to understand that Vyshinsky had been taken hostage… I ask everyone, I call on everyone… who understands that the arrest of the journalist has nothing to do with bilateral Russian-Ukrainian ties, or with European values, or with attempts to have any dialogue, or with anything civilized… I call on everyone, who agrees with my position to come tomorrow to the Ukrainian embassy in order to show them everything we think about them," Simonyan told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
The editor-in-chief added that the Russian journalists would continue their efforts to contribute to the release of Vyshinsky.
Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev has demanded that the Ukrainian authorities free Vyshinsky immediately and end persecution of the media. Simonyan stated earlier that she thought what was happening in Ukraine was Kiev’s "revenge" for the recently opened Crimean Bridge. She further noted that RIA Novosti Ukraine was not legally linked to Rossiya Segodnya, but was its media partner.
Russia's International News Agency Rossiya Segodnya has launched a Twitter hashtag #TruthNotTreason in support of RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal head Kirill Vyshinsky, arrested in Ukraine.