Five journalists not on the list of Kremlin-backed militants’ hostages

The 409 names on the list do not include Espreo journalist Yehor Vorobyov, Dmitry Potekhin, Yury Lelyavsky or two Kharkiv journalists not seen since the end of August | detail

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Journalist covering siege of Ilovaisk taken prisoner

Yehor Vorobyov, journalist from TV Espreso has been taken prisoner while covering the siege of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk oblast. Cameraman Taras Chkan and Road Control journalist Rostislav Shaposhnikov are hopefully safe | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants murder Lithuanian honorary consul

Lithuania’s foreign minister has reported that Mykola Zelenets, a Ukrainian businessman and honorary Consul of Lithuania for the Luhansk oblast was abducted by the militants and murdered | detail

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Families of murdered hostages demand proper investigation

The relatives of Volodymyr Rybak, Yury Popravko and Yury Diakovsky, who died of horrific injuries after being abducted by Kremlin-backed militants are critical of police inaction | detail

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Abducted street artist released briefly, then imprisoned again

Donetsk artist Serhiy Zakharov, whose street installations ridiculing the Kremlin-backed militants led to his abduction was released on Aug 17, but has not returned since returning to try to get his documents back. | detail

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Journalist Dmytro Potekhin seized by militants

The journalist, blogger and civic activist was taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants in Donetsk on Aug 7 | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants seize parents of a local journalist

Donetsk journalist Viktoria Ishchenko reports that her parents have been seized by members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Iryna and Valery Ishchenko are accusd of “complicity”, though complicity in what is not clear. | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants’ resort to wholesale and merciless hostage-taking

Anna Mokrousova explains that if before people were seized to dig trenches for the militants or to try to get information, now they’re being taken hostage in huge numbers for possible exchange. | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants abduct Protestant pastor

One of three people detained by militants on Friday – Pastor Alexander Khomchenko – remains in captivity. For these pro-Russian militants a protestant pastor is a spy and ‘enemy’ | detail

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Not only militants guilty of taking priests prisoner

It has unfortunately become clear that Pastor Alexander Kobzev from the Church of Christ was not as believed abducted by Kremlin-backed militants, but by people who identified themselves as being from Right Sector | detail

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Driver abducted while trying to evacuate an invalid

Yevgeny Frantsuk was abducted on Aug 3 in Shakhtyorsk while trying to evacuate a patient from the hospital on Filatov St | detail

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Three journalists missing in Donetsk oblast

Three journalists working in the area where Ukraine’s anti-terrorist operation [ATO] is underway have not been seen since August 1. Claims that they were detained by the National Guard have been denied | detail

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Two Stakhanov journalists abducted

There is still no contact with two Stakhanov journalists - Yevgeny Shlyakhtin and Yevgeny Timofeyev – who were abducted by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.on July 31 | detail

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Horlivka Evacuation Coordinator abducted by Kremlin-backed militants (updated)

Konstantin Piskun has been released! The coordinator of evacuation from Horlivka in the Donetsk oblast was seized on Wednesday at around 11.00 by militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Evacuation efforts were suspended and an urgent request for help issued to ensure Piskun’s release and enable vital help to innocent civilians to resume | detail

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Crimean puppet regime seeks to amnesty thugs and abductors

Crimea’s puppet government is seeking to remove any liability for the actions of the so-called ‘self-defence’ or paramilitary militia units in beating up and abducting people, or committing other violations, during the first month after Russia effectively invaded and annexed the Crimea..” | detail

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Pastor abducted in Donetsk oblast

Alexander Kobzev, Pastor of the Church of Christ and one of the participants in the inter-faith prayer marathon in Donetsk, has almost certainly been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants | detail

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CPJ: Attacks on journalists in Ukraine lead to information vacuum

The Committee to Protect Journalists spoke with journalists in eastern Ukraine like Alexei Matsuka from News of Donbas. He told them that there are no independent journalists left in Donetsk. All fled after the Kremlin-backed militants began targeting and abducting reporters | detail

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Abducted Roman Catholic priest released by militants

Father Viktor Wąsowicz, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Horlivka was released on Saturday after being held hostage by Kremlin-backed militants for two weeks. Anton Skyba, a Donetsk journalist seized on July 22 was also [separately] released. | detail

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Lviv journalist taken hostage for a second time

Yury Lelyavsky, a freelance journalist reporting for ZIK has once again been taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants. According to a friend and fellow journalist Vlad Yakushev, this time he was seized in the Luhansk oblast where the anti-terrorist operation is underway | detail

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Donetsk journalist Anton Skyba abducted by Kremlin-backed militants

On Tuesday evening, July 22, Kremlin-backed militants abducted a freelance journalist working for CNN. He was taken to the SBU building which the militants have seized | detail

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