deeply concerned about the ongoing negative pattern in relation to journalists’
safety in Ukraine,” OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović
said. “I call on all those responsible to stop harassing and attacking
journalists and let them do their job. Simon Ostrovsky should be released
On April 22, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk in northern Donetsk Oblast – the city most heavily occupied by
Moscow-backed militants and suspected Russian special forces – confirmed that unidentified people in uniform captured the American and Israeli citizen.
Ostrovsky had been
filing periodic video
reports from eastern Ukraine, in particular, of Kremlin-backed militants taking over Ukrainian government buildings, including police stations.