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Crimean reporters detained for photographing Donetsk captives' march

August 27, 2014, 10:29 UTC+3 27 27/8
The young reporters of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper were detained by Right Sector members at a checkpoint when they were returning to Crimea late on August 24
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Prisoners of war in Donetsk

Prisoners of war in Donetsk

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SIMFEROPOL, August 27./ITAR-TASS/. Crimean reporters Yevgenia Korolyova and Maxim Vasilenko said on Wednesday, after returning to Crimea, that they were detained in Ukraine for photos of prisoners of war marching in Donetsk.

Captives from Ukrainian forces marched guarded by militiamen through Donetsk's central square on Sunday, August 24.

The young reporters of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper were detained by Right Sector members at a checkpoint when they were returning to Crimea late on August 24.

"When people at the checkpoint stopped us, we were welcomed with words of congratulations on Ukrainian Independence Day, but when they saw the photos they lost control," photographer Vasilenko said. "The photos were the last in the camera. That day we were leaving (Donetsk)," Korolyova said.

An additional circumstance for the detention was the accreditation given by the Donetsk People's Republic for work in zones of fighting.

The reporters said Right Sector members were aggressive when detaining them. "A man at the checkpoint struck me one time," Vasilenko said.

The journalists spent the first night after the detention together with prisoners of war. "We spent the first 12 hours in a basement with captured people. It was not very pleasant. The conditions were similar to those of a prison," the photographer said. "In the morning, when we got up, we were taken to more suitable premises, where a breakfast was given to us."

Within the territory of the Right Sector base, the reporters were brought from one place to another with plastic bags on their heads. But, when it was clarified that they were not spies, they were treated much better. "People at the headquarters understood the situation, and we were released. They said they had nothing against us and that we had not violated any laws," Vasilenko said.

"At the base, we were treated very well. We were not beaten, not tortured and not tied. We had separate rooms, where we stayed for more than 24 hours," Korolyova added.

The Crimean journalists talked only with the village head out of Ukrainian authorities. After that, late on Tuesday, they were released and returned by a train to Simferopol.

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