(SLOVIANSK, Ukraine) -- An American journalist has been reportedly detained by unidentified people in uniform in Eastern Ukraine. Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with Vice News, was captured. Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed "People's Mayor" of Sloviansk, announced the journalist's detention, according to media reports Tuesday from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
The U.S. Department of State, aware of the incident, released a statement acknowledging reports of a U.S. citizen being detained in Ukraine, but did not specify Ostrovsky.
"The Department of State takes its obligation to assist U.S. citizens abroad seriously and stands ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance," the statement read.
Vice News tweeted Tuesday: "We are aware of @SimonOstrovsky's situation and are working to ensure the safety and security of our friend and colleague."
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