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Two Crimean journalists reported missing in Donetsk region's combat area

August 25, 2014, 19:21 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
Journalists Yevgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, had been lost on Sunday evening, August 24
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SIMFEROPOL, August 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Two Crimean journalists have been reported missing in the combat area around Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk, their newspaper Crimean Telegraph said on Monday.

It said contact with the journalists, Yevgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, had been lost on Sunday evening, August 24, when members of the nationalist Right Sector group had been taken off the bus by which they were returning home after several days of work in the combat area.

Yevgeniya was allowed to make one telephone call but she could not speak freely. “Judging from the way she talked, her every word was controlled and she could not name the roadblock where they had been detained. When asked if her life was threatened, she gave a negative answer, but confirmed that they had been detained not as ordinary residents of Crimea but as journalists,” the newspaper said.

The journalist said their cell phones could be taken away and they would be inaccessible for some time. “We only heard just one word ‘Dnepropetrovsk’ and can only guess what it meant - whether the bus was going towards Dnepropetrovsk or from it,” the newspaper said.

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