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Still being held hostage:

May 4 – (Three still held) — Pro-Russian
militants broke into the house of the member of Novogorodenka (Donetsk Oblast)
city council and kidnapped him and five men visiting him, according to the SBU
press office. Three of them, a coal miner Oleksandr Vovk, a member of
the local city council from the Communist party of Ukraine Oleg Bubich
and a member of the local city council from the Party of Regions Valeriy
Pavlyk
, were released on May 5. Each of them has the signs of torture,
according to the press service of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of
Ukraine. Three other, including a coal miner Oleksandr Gurov, a member
of the local city council from the Defenders of the Motherland Party Kostyantyn
Musiyenko
and an unknown man, are still being held. Gurov was badly
beaten by the separatists, freed hostages said.

May
2

(One held) — Georgian citizen and pro-Ukrainian activist Basile
d’Budik
was kidnapped by unknown masked and armed men in the eastern
Ukrainian city of Horlivka, according to the member of right-wing Svoboda party
Maja Karlash. According to the Council to Georgia Irakli Advadze, d’Budik was
reached by phone and denied the fact of kidnapping, while his relatives say
they do not know activist’s whereabouts. Karlash confirms d’Budik is being held
by pro-Russian militants. The head of the territorial defense battalion
“Donbas” Semen Senchenko offered separatists’ leaders to exchange nine detained
militants for d’Budik and abducted on the same day Mykola Yakubovych.

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