The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Russian Armed Forces have abducted a hromadske journalist in the city of Berdiansk.
Journalist Viktoria Roschyna “was preparing materials on military operations” in the east and south of Ukraine.
Ukrainian law enforcement officers have started criminal proceedings, the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.
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A statement on Facebook said, “According to the investigation, on March 15, 2022, representatives of the FSB and the armed forces of the aggressor country abducted a hromadske journalist in the city of Berdiansk, who was preparing materials on military operations in the east and south of Ukraine. Currently, her whereabouts are unknown.”
Our journalist Victoria Roshchyna is held captive by the Russian occupiers. She was reporting from hotspots in Eastern and Southern Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war. On March 12, we couldn't contact Victoria 1/3 pic.twitter.com/4728hwDs72
— Hromadske Int. (@Hromadske) March 18, 2022
The Prosecutor General’s Office said, that under the procedural leadership of Zaporizhia Regional Prosecutor’s Office, criminal proceedings were initiated on the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war (Part 1, Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
Pretrial investigation into criminal proceedings is carried out by investigators of the SBU Department in Zaporizhia region.
Hromadske who are a digital broadcasting station in Ukraine said on Twitter, “Our journalist Viktoria Roschyna is probably being held captive by the Russian occupiers.
“She filmed videos and wrote articles from hot spots all the days of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“On March 16, we learned that Victoria was detained by the Russian FSB.
“At present, nothing is known about her whereabouts.”