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Vice reporter detained in Ukraine speaks with NBC

Vice Reporter Detained In Ukraine Speaks With NBC

After being held captive in eastern Ukraine, Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky spoke to NBC about his three-day ordeal.

"It felt like a really long time. ... I had no idea anybody, um, knew where I was being held. ... I think the reason they took me was to stop me reporting, so I'd really like to go back."

Once released, Ostrovsky was met by a camera crew from Canada's CBC. They gave him a ride out of Slavyansk, where he had been held. Vice has the video.

Ostrovsky: "If you can drive me home, it would be even more of an exclusive."

CBC: "Sure. How is the situation?"

Ostrovsky: "It's f-ed up. Spent four days in a basement with three or four other guys."

According to Russian news site Gazeta, it was Slavyansk's pro-Russia militia who took Ostrovsky.

Led by the mayor of Slavyansk, the group reportedly told the reporter's parents that "Nobody abducted him, nobody is holding him hostage, he's with us now in at the SBU, preparing material and working."

Ostrovsky and his cameraman had just finished interviewing a man who showed them his Russian passport - sensitive information in Ukraine - and was stopped at the last checkpoint before their hotel.

The Ukrainian kidnapping is the latest incident in an increasingly dangerous zone for journalists.

Last week, Time reported one of its correspondents, along with four other reporters, was detained for an hour by a pro-Russia militia.

And it was Ostrovsky himself who had been tweeting about journalist mistreatment by Slavyansk's mayor hours before his kidnapping, writing, "Sloviansk pro-Russia 'mayor' threatens to throw journalist out for 'provocative' question."

Ostrovsky has stated his desire to return to the region, but for now Vice has declined to comment any further.

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u8nt4me April 30 2014 at 12:59 AM

Speaking to NBC really, how are they going to slant this one. Where is the *ss David Gregory.

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thekoshersissy April 30 2014 at 9:17 AM

Maybe it was the Sally Jesse Raphael glasses that made him criminal. Fashion Police, can be very mean. Get a new stylist. Next.

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thosholzel April 29 2014 at 4:14 PM

Three days in a basement. Sounds like that'll be enough for a book...

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patriot1too April 29 2014 at 3:43 PM

Its time someone woke up that obama mess or brought him in from his basketball court. Let him know that a communist madman dictator has invaded and that its time we put boots on the ground and bombers in the air. America must stand up to any spread of communisim or socialist agendas. Kick that communist dictator Putins butt back to moscow. God bless America.

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cmcclarty patriot1too April 29 2014 at 4:18 PM

Its not that easy.Russia is the other bully on the block.

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d.carns patriot1too April 29 2014 at 5:19 PM

Obama and his sanctions are like a pimple on Putins behind. When it irritates him he will pop it, wipe himself clean and carry on. Putin has nothing to do with it. Only Pro Russian Ukrainians not wanting to be enslaved by Neo Nazi facist in Kiev.

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waltervlod April 30 2014 at 12:53 AM

to dickfry 004:
You're an ill-informed delusional clueless poor excuse of a carbon-based life form.
Go do something to yourself that's physically impossible!

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waltervlod April 30 2014 at 12:57 AM

again to dickfry 004:
How much are the Russians paying you to spew their propoganda?
We'll match their offer and throw in an extra dick for you.

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durell8 April 30 2014 at 1:01 AM

I've been watching what has ben going on in Ukraine and listening to pooootins reason for being there--protecting russian speaking people---does anybody remember another dictators' reason for invading the Checks and other countrys? --just to protect the german speaking people---Oh yeah his name was Hitler I believe

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bubaxx32 April 30 2014 at 2:48 AM

just more news BS

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ram2002man April 30 2014 at 7:51 AM


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rhpglobal April 30 2014 at 8:05 AM

Why don't we get real and face the fact that when journalists etc. go to other countries capture can happen and will happen. We dont want to see the reality. It is their country . Since nothing happend to this journalist he should thank god for his blessing.

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