Stringer of Russian TV channel RT Graham Phillips who was detained in Ukraine several days ago was released and is staying in Poland, RT website reported.
Phillips went on the line for the first time since his disappearance on July 22.
Ukrainian media have earlier reported about the release of the journalist with the reference to the Ukrainian Security Service. They also said that Ukrainian law enforcement agencies had expelled Phillips from the country and banned him from entering Ukraine for three years, explaining this by interests of state security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The RT stringer confirmed this information in his Twitter account. He also added that he had not been beaten up after detention, but Ukrainian military forces had taken his car, money and bullet-proof vest. I'm free, ok, deported from Ukraine, banned for 3 years, because 'I work for RT', the RT stringer wrote down.
Graham Phillips had been previously detained in May and released after two days in Mariupol:
A British journalist working for the TV channel Russia Today, who had not been seen since his detention by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday, has said he is "free and fine" after being released.
Graham Phillips, a blogger hired on a freelance basis by the Kremlin-funded channel, gained notoriety during the conflict in the east for his gonzo-style subjective reports and his sharp online criticism of the Maidan protests and the new Ukrainian government, declaring several times that he believes the country "does not exist" any more.
Phillips, 35, tweeted to his nearly 11,000 followers that he had been released from custody, and revealed he was not facing any criminal charges or deportation threat following his arrest. He was arrested at a checkpoint near the flashpoint city of Mariupol on Tuesday and was transferred to Zaporozhye where he spent the night in detention ...