"Everything was conceived and organized in Kiev at the level of the highest political leadership. It seems that they are currently in a deadlock [because the operation] did not work out ‘quickly’ so this needs to be somehow be settled and they do not quite understand how [to resolve the situation]," Vyshinsky told the news outlet Ukraina.ru.
However, after Vyshinsky was detained in May, the court has repeatedly ruled that he must remain in custody as a preventative measure. In the most recent case on November 1, the court ruled that Vyshinsky must remain in jail until December 28.
"There can be no trust in the victory of the Ukrainian justice system given this trend, especially on the eve of the elections, when the anti-Russian hysteria is being fuelled," the journalist lamented, noting that Ukrainian lawmakers wanted to shut down two more Russian TV channels and the treason section of the Ukrainian Criminal Code had been widely used recently.
Vyshinsky said he felt "more or less" fine in custody. The journalist recalled he had experienced the symptoms of heart disease, noting that the medics in the Ukrainian prison, where he was detained, had attempted to help him, although their capabilities had been limited due to the ongoing Ukrainian healthcare reform. The healthcare system overhaul includes medical staff and medicine cuts.
Vyshinsky said a visiting doctor worked in the prison in summer but in autumn the jail administration failed to conclude a new contract with him due to the reform.
Vyshinsky was arrested in Ukraine on May 16 and charged with treason, as well as supporting the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine's embattled Donbas region. The journalist has suggested that his arrest was a part of the Ukrainian authorities’ campaign to gain the support of voters ahead of the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The detention of Vyshinsky has prompted widespread criticism among journalists' rights groups, which said that such moves were unacceptable in a democratic society.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Vyshinsky's arrest was politically motivated, adding that the incident reflected the Ukrainian authorities' unprecedented and unacceptable targeting of journalists who were just doing their jobs.