NY-based journalist held captive in Ukraine

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This picture taken on April 21, 2014, shows US journalist Simon Ostrowsky (C) working in front of the City Hall of Slavyansk. (Photo: Getty Images)

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A New York-based journalist is being held captive in eastern Ukraine, according to pro-Russian gunmen in the country.

Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday.

Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk, confirmed Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held at the local branch of the Ukrainian security service that they seized more than a week ago.

Khorosheva told The Associated Press Ostrovsky is “fine” and is “suspected of bad activities” which she refused to explain.

She said the insurgents are holding Ostrovsky pending their own investigation.

In a statement, Vice News says it “is in contact with the U.S. State Department and other appropriate government authorities to secure the safety and security of our friend and colleague, Simon Ostrovsky.”

Sent Monday, Ostrovosky’s last tweets reference a tense meeting between a pro-Russian leader and journalists questioning the whereabouts of a former leader now under guard.

https://twitter.com/SimonOstrovsky/status/458261285546000384

https://twitter.com/SimonOstrovsky/status/458266181729017856

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