Vice News Journalist Simon Ostrovsky Freed by Ukraine Separatists

Pro-Russia Group Frees Jewish Journalist


By Paul Berger

Published April 24, 2014.

An American-Israeli journalist who was detained in Ukraine has been released, according to VICE News.

Simon Ostrovsky, who has filed a series of often hard-hitting reports on Ukraine for VICE, was seized on Monday along with several other Western journalists.

While those journalists were quickly released, Ostrovsky was detained until Thursday.

Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-appointed People’s Mayor of Sloviansk, told ABC News that Ostrovsky was detained because his reporting is “one-sided.”

Ponomarev said that Ostrovsky “has to learn a lesson and he will get it.”

A statement on VICE’s website said that Ostrovsky was in good health.

“Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time,” the news site said.



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