Vice News Journalist Captured in Eastern Ukraine Now "Free and Safe"

Simon Ostrovsky, the Vice News journalist captured in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, was just released. He told a BBC reporter that he's "free and safe" and on his way to Donetsk, Ukraine.

A Vice spokesman confirmed the 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."

Ostrovsky was captured sometime on Tuesday and held by pro-Russian gunmen on suspicion of spying and other "bad activities."

Shortly after his release, Ostrovsky told Agence France-Presse he was beaten, tied up, and blindfolded. "After a day and a half they took off the blindfold and untied my hands, then they treated me normally," he said.

But he seemed to be in good spirits after his release.

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