Ongoing chronicle of abductions
While media attention has focused on the OSCE military observers taken prisoner by the pro-Russian militants in Slovyansk, there is no let-up in the number of other people taken hostage. Journalists are being advised to not go to the city for very good reasons
More abductions in Slovyansk
A journalist, well-known theatre producer and his colleague have disappeared in Slovyansk and are believed to be in the hands of the pro-Russian militants.
US journalist released, others still held hostage in Slovyansk
Simon Ostrovsky, the US Vice News correspondent held hostage by pro-Russian militants in Slovyansk, has been released. The whereabouts of Serhiy Lefter, Artem Deineha, Yevhen Halych and his brother are still unknown
Pro-Russian militants set fire to newspaper office
The Konstantinovka [Donetsk oblast] newspaper Provintsia has faced an arson attack and links it with the newspaper’s criticism of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic
Donbas: abductions continue as Horlivka politician found murdered
The body of Volodymyr Rybak, a Horlivka City Council deputy abducted on April 17 by pro-Russian militants was discovered on Tuesday in Slovyansk
Two journalists still held captive by Slovyansk militants
Irma Krat and Serhiy Lefter are still being held by the armed militants in Slovyansk. Three foreign journalists, two Italian, and one Belarussian who were filming in the city had their papers, equipment and money taken away when seized on Monday morning, but they were later released
Two women human rights activists threatened in Donetsk
Pro-Russian activists in Donetsk set upon two human rights workers – Oleksandra Dvoretska and Alyona Luneva who came to Donetsk to tell journalists and the public about the situation in the Crimea.
Ukrainian officer taken captive in Crimea released
Captain Viacheslav Demyanenko was taken prisoner by the Russian military on March 23.
Ukrainian officer still held captive in Crimea
Ukraine’s Defence Ministry reports that Viacheslav Demyanenko remains imprisoned at the Black Sea Fleet command headquarters with the Russian military providing no explanation
Military commanders taken hostage in the Crimea released
Military commanders and other officers taken hostage when the Russian invading forces stormed Ukrainian military units were released on Wednesday evening. The whereabouts of others abducted in the Crimea remains unclear.
More and more abductions in annexed Crimea
Reports that Yuliy Mamchur had been released have been refuted, and two other military commanders have joined the list of at least 11 military and civic activists who’ve been abducted since Russia’s military invasion
Two more hostages released in Crimea
Babylon-13 Documentary project cameramen Yury Gruzynov and Yaroslav Pylunsky, abducted on March 16, have been released
Anti-separatist repressive law a gift to Russia
The Kremlin would be laughing if Ukraines parliament introduced a proposed law which would allow a person to be detained for up to 30 days if somebody believed there to be grounds for suspecting him or her of planning or carrying out certain illegal acts.
7 Hostages released, one seriously wounded
Navy Commander Serhiy Haiduk, Andriy Shchekun, Anatoly Kovalsky and several other people abducted in the Crimea have been released. According to first reports, one hostage - Yury Shevchenko is seriously injured
Release promised of activists taken hostage in the Crimea
The speaker of parliament’s press secretary has announced that negotiations for the release of all hostages began at 21.00 on Wednesday and it is hoped that they will be released during the night
Murder and abductions in the Crimea
The body has been found of a Crimean Tatar, Reshat Ametov who was abducted from a protest outside the Cabinet of Ministers building in Simferopol [UPDATED]
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic priest in Sevastopol abducted .. by police (update)
Father Mykola Kvych who serves as Greek-Catholic Chaplain to the Ukrainian Naval Forces has been released by the "Crimean law enforcement agencies" after being taken away by armed men from his church in Sevastopol
Another activist disappears in Crimea
28-year-old Mykhailo Vdovchenko has not been seen since an anti-war demonstration on March 11 in Simferopol
Court in Strasbourg to consider Russian liability for abduction in Ukraine
Russia is one of the respondents in the application made by the wife of abducted journalist Yevhen Rakhno since the Crimea and the Kherson oblast region where Rakhno was stopped are effectively under Russian control