Israeli-American journalist released by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine

Vice News reporter Siimon Ostrovsky, detained by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, was released Thursday. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

( Israeli-American journalist Simon Ostrovsky, who had been detained by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk on April 21, was released Thursday. 

Ostrovsky, a global reporter for Vice News, was in Slovyansk to cover the unrest in the region. Prior to his detention he interviewed Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed “people’s mayor” of Slovyansk and leader of the pro-Russian separatists there.

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,” Jake Goldman, deputy communications director for the outlet, said in a statement.

Ostrovsky tweeted, “I’m out and safe. Thank you all for your support. Had no idea I had so many good friends.”

Posted on April 25, 2014 .