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“About an hour ago Zhenya called her sister Oksana to say that she had not been freed yet. She hopes that she will be released tonight,” Volkonskaya said.
She said the whereabouts of Korolyova and photographer Maxim Vasilenko remained unclear.
In the latest days Vasilenko has not gotten in touch either with his relatives or colleagues, Volkonskaya said.However, secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists Timur Shafir said the Crimean Telegraph journalists had been released.
“We have received confirmation that they are free. They are safe and sound,” Shafir said, adding that the Union had so far failed to get in direct touch with them.
The Russian Union of Journalists is maintaining close contacts with the Crimean colleagues, he said.
According to the Crimean Telegraph newspaper, reporter Yevgeniya Korolyova and photographer Maxim Vasilenko were detained on Sunday evening, August 24, by members of Ukraine’s nationalist Right Sector group in the war-torn eastern city of Donetsk.