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“Graham Philips, a stringer of the RT channel, who has been out of touch since last night near the city of Donetsk can have been taken captive by Ukrainian servicemen,” the independent ANNA News portal said adding that Phillips had been detained along with other reporters.
At the same time, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council refuted the reports about the reporters’ detention, the channel said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the RT press service told ITAR-TASS that it was trying to contact its stringer Graham Phillips but still without result.
“At about 2 a.m. he texted ‘All is fine' from his mobile but since then the channel had no contact with Graham,” he said adding that the channel had not tasked Graham to go the area of the airport.
“We are doing everything possible to locate his whereabouts,” the spokesman said adding that the channel “is employing all the resources.”
“We are keeping in touch both with DPR (the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic) and with Ukrainian representatives but still without success,” the RT said.
Graham Phillips has been reporting about the developments in Ukraine in recent months.
According to the Brandwatch social media monitoring and analytics platform, Phillips has become the most popular author in Twitter among the authors of posts about the situation in Ukraine.