Journalists Covering Ukraine Detained, Then Freed

UPDATED: Friday May 2, 2014 12:33 PM

Journalists from CBS News, Buzzfeed and Sky News who were covering the unrest in eastern Ukraine have been freed after being detained by pro-Russia insurgents.

CBS correspondent Clarissa Ward and her crew, and Buzzfeed Mideast correspondent Mike Giglio, were taken into custody Friday after being stopped at a checkpoint outside the city of Slovyansk.

Sky News offered no details about its crew but said they were released after being detained.

Ward said she and her crew were bound with tape and transported to another location, and one of her male colleagues was beaten while being held captive. Ward and Giglio said they both heard discussions among their captors about keeping the journalists as hostages.

Giglio said via Twitter that his whole ordeal took three hours.

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