Ostrovsky’s brave, unapologetic brand of journalism that fuses on-the-scene videography with in-depth analysis, has offered the public a new way to experience and understand conflicts, particularly the complex one unrolling in Ukraine.

Ostrovsky, unfortunately, was not the first journalist to be kidnapped in Donetsk Oblast, and we fear he might not be the last. Over the past week, at least 16 people have been kidnapped by the gangs of pro-Russian separatists and militants in Ukraine’s troubled east. They should all be set free immediately.

On April 24, a Russian Twitter propagandist told former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul that Ostrovsky was not a hostage but rather a prisoner of war. But this is sick and twisted thinking. Like medical workers, journalists and photographers go to the hot spots to do their jobs, and should be treated as non-combatants.

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