A group of Western journalists from a number of news outlets was detained by pro-Russian militants in Eastern Ukraine on Friday.
CBS reporter Clarissa Ward and her news crew, along with BuzzFeed’s Mike Giglio and reporters from Sky News, were held, blindfolded and interrogated for hours as they attempted was traveling to Slavyansk, a city that Ukrainian troops are trying to retake from pro-Russian groups. . . .
The militants then separated the men and women and interrogated everyone. Ward said that at least one of her male colleagues was beaten before they were released. She also said she overheard some of her captors discussing whether to hold the journalists so they could use them as bargaining chips in hostage negotiations.