Russian Journalists ‘Detained’ Near Kramatorsk In E. Ukraine – 18 May 2014

Journalists Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko have probably been captured at a checkpoint near the city of Kramatorsk.

“There is no communication with them,” the statement says, as cited by Itar-Tass news agency.

The last time the crew established contact with the editorial board was about 09:50 GMT (13:50 Moscow time), when they reached a checkpoint near Kramatorsk. The only thing Oleg Sidyakin managed to sms was that “things look bad.”

After receiving the sms message, the office immediately called Oleg Sidyakin, who accepted the call, but could not speak and kept the phone connected, so that Moscow could hear down-the-line that the journalists were being interrogated.

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