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OSCE calls for release of American Ostrovsky, other journalists in eastern Ukraine

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April 22, 2014, 10:28 p.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

Russian-backed insurgents on April 22 kidnapped Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called for the immediate release of Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist with Vice News whose gutsy video reports has shed light on the raw and militant nature of government building seizures in eastern Ukraine by Kremlin-backed groups. 

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