Slovyansk hostages now freed
a list of hostages thankfully now free after the Kremlin-backed militants who had been controlling Slovyansk fled on July 5. At present only 6 people are known to have been released.
theatre director Pavlo Yurov and art manager Denis Hryshchuk who were taken hostage on April 25 (more details here);
journalist Irma Krat (details here)
student Ihor Oprya, held hostage since mid-April;
two drivers taking humanitarian aid to the city;
Nelya Shtepa, mayor of Slovyansk is also understood to have been released
The fate of others held hostage remains unknown.