UPDATE 24 April 12:40 PM EAST from Vice News:

VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.

Simon Ostrovsky, a Vice News journalist has been held hostage by pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern town of Slaviansk. He’s been extensively covering the crisis in Ukraine for several weeks, starting in Crimea and then moved to eastern Ukraine.

Ostrovsky haven’t been seen since early Tuesday after following the pro-Russian insurgents as they started occupying government buildings. However, Vice News just confirmed Ostrovsky has been freed.

The news of his capture was confirmed by the insurgents on Wednesday and explained they were holding him according to ‘’war rules’’.

The same pro-Russian insurgents are playing in a grey area concerning the stated Law of Armed Conflict, considering the fact that they hold Ostrovsky under ‘’war rules’’ but aren’t clearly identified as lawful combatants themselves.

Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the pro-Russia insurgents, explained on Wednesday that Ostrovsky is currently held at the local occupied Ukrainian security service building. She also confirmed that he was fine and was being held captive under suspicion of bad activities.

Khorosheva later mentioned that Ostrovsky was suspected of spying for a far-right Ukrainian nationalist party called the Right Sector and other enemy groups.