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Volodymyr Semytyaha alive, though still held by the terrorists

03.07.14

At least one piece of good news at a very dark time. The reports earlier in the day about Volodymyr Semytyaha, head of the Prosvita cultural society were hopefully incorrect. Relatives say that they have managed to speak with Mr Semytyaha who is being held by the Kremlin-backed militants in the seized Luhansk regional administration. The militants have still not made any demands and are not saying when he will be released.

We spent half the day near the building demanding that they gave us Volodymyrs body. Finally, after the scene, a man came out who said that hes alive and that he could ring us if we want to make sure. And he did indeed ring. When we told him that the media were all writing that he had died, he laughed and said That means Ill live a long time

As reported, Volodymyr Semytyakha was abducted by militants from the Ukrainian Canadian Centre which he is director of on June 23. Various sources reported on Tuesday that he had died of a heart attack on June 27.

see also:
Two medical students abducted by militants in Donetsk
Luhansk history lecturer abducted by Kremlin-backed militants
9 Luhansk residents have disappeared in the last 3 days
Head of Prosvita civic organization abducted in Luhansk
Luhansk civic activist dies after being abducted by Kremlin-backed militants
Abducted pro-Ukrainian activist murdered
Murdered in Slovyansk
US journalist released, others still held hostage in Slovyansk
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Two journalists still held captive by Slovyansk militants
More and more abductions in annexed Crimea
Russian troops storm Belbek airbase, arrest Commander Yuliy Mamchur
Warning shots against unarmed Ukrainian soldiers