Report: Vice Journalist Captured in Eastern Ukraine

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Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine, Mashable has learned.

The reporter for Vice News, who has been filing a series of compelling video dispatches from Ukraine since early March, was “taken” in Sloviansk, Russian media outlet gazeta.ru reports.

The “People’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, said that the militia has taken the American journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, hostage, reports a correspondent for Gazeta.ru, Ponomarev announced this during a press conference at the House of Culture in Slavyansk.

Sloviansk’s self-appointed “People’s Mayor,” Vachislav Ponomaryov, reportedly held a press conference where he claimed to call Ostrovsky’s parents to assure them that their son was okay, the outlet reports. “Nobody abducted him, nobody is holding him hostage, he’s with us now in at the SBU, preparing material and working,” Ponomaryov said, raising the remote possibility that Ostrovsky is merely embedded with the militia. …

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