SIMFEROPOL, September 05. /ITAR-TASS/. A Crimean journalist, Anna Mokhovaya, has gone missing in south-east Ukraine, her employer said on Friday.
Anna Mokhovaya and her colleague Alexei Shapovalov went missing during a trip to Ukraine’s conflict-hit Donbass region on August 24. Unidentified persons detained them on Makeyevskoye highway, which connects the militia-held city of Donetsk to the Makiivka settlement in eastern Ukraine.
Russian law enforcers have launched an operation to find and release Mokhovaya who works as a string correspondent for the State TV and Radio Company Krym, the company’s editor-in-chief Yekaterina Kozyr told a news conference held at the CrimeaInform news agency.
"They started searching for Anna, a citizen of Russia, several days after her disappearance. They are working to return the Crimean journalist back. Perhaps, I should not reveal everything about the incident at this stage in the interests of investigation,” Kozyr said.
According to the latest official report, Kozyr said, Anna Mokhovaya had been captured by Ukraine’s Security Service.
“The official report said that the Ukraine Security Service was keeping her in prison in the town of Izyum near Kharkiv,” Kozyr said, adding the Ukraine Security Service had refused to negotiate Anna’s release.
Mokhovaya’s colleagues in Crimea have pledged to use all their potential and resources to release their fellow-journalist from captivity.
“She remains a Crimean journalist and I believe that it’s a matter of honor for the Crimean journalistic community to do everything within their power to enable Anna Mokhovaya to return home. We are sure that she is alive. We believe and we are waiting,” Kozyr said.