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The Russian embassy employees detained earlier in Kiev have been freed and returned to Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian embassy employees detained earlier in Kiev have been freed and returned to Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

“As a result of considerable efforts, two employees of the Russian Federation embassy to Ukraine, who ensured the safety of the foreign establishment and were detained in Kiev, have been freed today and returned to their home country,” the ministerial statement said.

On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that two embassy employees were detained “under false pretext in Kiev.” According to the ministry, the diplomats were detained as they were leaving a cafe in Kiev on Thursday on allegations that they had grenades.

Moscow demanded the immediate release of the Russian embassy employees and Kiev's strict observance of international conventions about diplomatic immunity.

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