On the same day U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine’s capital, a Vice Reporter has allegedly been taken captive by local militia in the city of Slavyansk, according to city’s self-declared “People’s Mayor,” Vyacheslav Ponomarev.
Simon Ostrovsky, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship works for VICE America, but has previously worked for BBC Newsnight and Al Jazeera English.
A statement from Ostrovsky’s bosses reads, in a typically obfuscating manner, as follows:
“VICE News is aware of the situation and is in contact with the United States State Department and other appropriate government authorities to secure the safety and security of our friend and colleague, Simon Ostrovsky.”
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In a frankly confusing turn of events however, Ponomarev, having delivered the news to a press conference, has since (and there is honestly no other way to phrase this) backtracked on the whole thing, now saying:
“Nobody abducted him, nobody is holding him hostage, he’s with us now in at the SBU, preparing material and working,” or so The Interpreter reported.
So, in other words, VICE reporter Simon Ostrovsky may or may not being held captive right this very second as you read this literally right now.
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Ostrovsky, just last month, spoke to The Huffington Post about his intentions as a filmmaker for the trip, saying:
“I’m sort of looking at it in terms of what I can see, where I go, instead of trying to say everything that’s happening here in one report. I just try to tell what it’s like on the ground from my own perspective, from having been there and seen what I’ve seen.”
Unfortunately, this tells us little about whether or not getting kidnapped by local militia was part of the plan all along but we hope so, and we sure hope he knows what he’s doing. If not, we strongly suspect that VICE’s youth army of trendy hipsters are being trained by their superior-ly trendy drill instructor as we type this.
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