BuzzFeed Reporter Kidnapped in Ukraine: ‘I Was Pretty Freaked Out’


Mike Giglio is back where he started

BuzzFeed‘s mideast correspondent, who is reporting from embattled cities across eastern Ukraine, is talking to Mashable on Friday afternoon from his hotel in Donetsk — not in Sloviansk where he intended to be.

The Ukrainian military was set to begin an assault on a pro-Russian stronghold in Sloviansk, but panicking militants stationed at a checkpoint outside of town had other plans.

Giglio left his hotel in Donetsk early on Friday after receiving a text from his editor saying there was action in Sloviansk. Shortly after departing with driver and translator in tow, Giglio confronted a Ukrainian army checkpoint and was waved through. They then encountered a pro-Russia militant checkpoint, whose militia members asked a few questions before letting them pass. Up next was a third checkpoint, this one a bit closer to the city. That’s when they were told to pull over to the side of the road …

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