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.