News / Europe

American Journalist Held in Ukraine Freed

In this photo taken on April 13, 2014, American reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands with a pro-Russian gunman near a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk.
In this photo taken on April 13, 2014, American reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands with a pro-Russian gunman near a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk.
Catherine Maddux
American journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been freed after being held for three days by pro-Russian separatists in the town of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. 

VICE News, the media organization that he reports for, released the following the statement on Thursday.

"VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family's privacy, we have no further statement at this time."

Ostrovsky is known for his compelling first-person dispatches from Crimea and, more recently, in eastern Ukraine. Until his release, he was among a number of journalists being held in the region, according to the Committee to Protect journalists.
 

Pro-Russian separatists defended his detainment earlier this week, saying it was based on "war rules.”   The reporter was covering a press conference by Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-appointed "People's Mayor" of the Slovyansk, before he disappeared after being stopped at a checkpoint

More recently, he filed for VICE News from Crimea during its annexation by Russia, and then later, from eastern cities and towns where armed pro-Russian separatists haven taken over local government buildings.

I spoke with Ostrovsky earlier this month for an article on Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the interview, Ostrovsky spoke about his work – and the toll of covering such tension-filled stories.

“We did have a lot of fun. I mean, it was really exciting to be there and to witness history. But it was super, super tiring and extremely stressful. And to be honest, by the end of it, I just wanted to go somewhere and take a break.”

Ostrovsky, who has covered conflicts in Central Asia and the Middle East, previously worked for Al Jazeera English, the BBC and AFP.

You May Like

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said To Be Improving

Experimental drugs have been tried on six people: three Westerners and now, three African pyhysicians More

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities residents rebuild their lives, but many say everyone is being treated with suspicion More

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

Girls learn to object; FGM practitioners face penalties from jail sentences to stiff fines More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Anonymous
April 24, 2014 5:17 PM
As a show of strength, the USA should be helping Ukraine in even more ways, like paratrooping in 600 or so soldiers along the Ukraine border. This would get Putin's panties in a bunch, and Putin would learn his lesson the hard way.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improvingi
X
Carol Pearson
August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
Video

Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
Video

Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
Video

Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

AppleAndroid