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
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.