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American journalist describes kidnapping in Ukraine

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 - 01:40

April 24 - The Vice News reporter detained for four days by pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine describes his harrowing ordeal. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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The American journalist detained by pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine is free. The Vice News reporter, Simon Ostrovosky, described his ordeal to the CBC. SOUNDBITE (English) FREED VICE REPORTER, SIMON OSTROVSKY, SAYING: "Spent four days in a basement with three or four other guys. They kept bringing in new people from the street - drunks...people who were high, and then activists and people from other parts of Ukraine. Some people would be held for like a day. Some people would be held for longer. There was a local city councilman who was being held down there. I couldn't figure out who the hell these people were except that they were Christian radicals." Ostrovsky had been reporting on the crisis in Ukraine for several weeks when he was stopped at a checkpoint in Sloviansk and accused of being a "lying journalist." SOUNDBITE (English) FREED VICE REPORTER, SIMON OSTROVSKY, SAYING: "They had a photograph of me at a checkpoint that's just down the road from here. So, the guy at the checkpoint saw my picture, saw my face and they pulled me out of the car and all hell broke loose." Other journalists were with him, but they were let go. SOUNDBITE (English) FREED VICE REPORTER, SIMON OSTROVSKY, SAYING: "They beat me up as an introduction to the whole situation, blindfolded me, tied my hands behind my back. Then eventually they untied my hands and tied them in front of my body. Then they untied me totally. And then basically I was just hanging out in the room with other prisoners." After four days, Ostrovsky was released. He said he would now make his way to Donetsk.

American journalist describes kidnapping in Ukraine

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 - 01:40

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