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American journalist held in Slaviansk by separatists

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 - 01:55

April 22 - Pro-Russian separatists confirm they are holding an American journalist working for Vice News in the city of Slaviansk. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Simon Ostrovsky, an American journalist working for Vice News seen here, has been detained in Ukraine, according to reports. At a news conference in Slaviansk Tuesday, the self-declared mayor and pro-Russia separatist leader confirmed the detention but did not name the journalist. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SELF-DECLARED MAYOR OF EASTERN UKRAINIAN CITY OF SLAVIANSK, VYACHESLAV PONOMARYOV, SAYING: "A journalist has been detained, as I understand. To be honest, I didn't have time this morning to solve this problem and meet him to talk to him. What can I say? We have our own documents, our own leads that point to people who are unwanted here in our city. If we find those people, obviously we detain them, we talk to them, and only then we can figure out how dangerous they are for us and our town's residents." Vice News identified Ostrovsky on its website, saying it was working to secure his safety. Ostrovsky has been reporting in Ukraine for weeks, filing video dispatches. In the U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki condemned the detention. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN JEN PSAKI, IN AN EXCHANGE WITH REPORTERS, SAYING: "Obviously there has unfortunately been a range of journalists who have been detained or held hostage over the last couple of days. We, of course, condemn the taking of hostages." Vice News said it was in contact with State. Psaki declined to provide any additional details. Meanwhile, Ostrovsky's last posting on Twitter was on Monday at a news conference by the separatist leader. He noted that during the conference a woman working with the separatists quote "called us all liars". He said she then asked journalists for donations for the funerals of militants who had been killed in a gunfight on Sunday.

American journalist held in Slaviansk by separatists

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 - 01:55

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