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The following is a list of the 16 persons and the details of each case.

April 23 – Sloviansk City Councilman Vadym Sukhonos was abducted by Kremlin-backed militants, reports TSN television channel, citing local media in the Donetsk Oblast. Sukhonos apparently was kidnapped for ideological reasons. In February, he quit the Party of Regions, the dominant party in eastern Ukraine, and is now a local independent lawmaker.

April 22 Yevhen Hapych, a journalist from the Ivano Frankivsk Oblast town of Kolomyia in western Ukraine, was last contacted around 10 a.m. on April 22 while in Artemivsk, some 45 kilometers by car from besieged Sloviansk, reports news site Vikna. He has not been seen or heard from since, and is believed to have been captured by pro-Russian militia members. He had received a travel grant from Telekritika, a Kyiv-based media watchdog organization, to report in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. His work was to be published in various media.

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