KyivPost

Twenty-four people remain hostages in Donetsk Oblast

Print version
May 5, 2014, 8:05 p.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post

Pro-Russian militiants carry an man with his eyes covered outside the regional state building they seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 5, 2014. Russia warned on May 5 that Europe's peace was at risk over the escalating crisis in Ukraine, where deadly fighting raged around a flashpoint eastern city and the interim president warned of "war". AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV
© AFP

Despite the Russian-backed separatists’ May 2 release of 12 hostages, including seven foreigners from an OSCE military monitoring mission, 24 people are still being held hostage in Donestsk Oblast by the militants.

All but one – a Georgian citizen abducted on May 2 – is Ukrainian. Altogether, 74 people were kidnapped in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts since April 13. Most were released; three were killed.

This Kyiv Post update relies on news reporters, primarily from the Donetsk-based news website Novosti Donbassa, and Ukraine’s Security Service.

Most of the abductions took place in Sloviansk, a city of 150,000 people still occupied by Kremlin-backed insurgents. The city is currently surrounded by the Ukrainian troops and remains perhaps the most dangerous place in Ukraine today. All the hostages are being kept in seized government buildings, according to all reports.

The following is a list of the 74 persons and details of the cases.

Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.