Artists kept in Slovyansk captivity for more than three weeks

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Denys Hryshchuk (left) and Pavlo Yurov (right)

Kyiv — It has been more than three weeks that separatists have been holding theater director Pavlo Yurov and cultural volunteer Denys Hryshchuk. Friends and family of the artists say the kidnappers have not made any demands and have called the hostages “prisoners of war.” Law enforcement says the case needs to be publicized as widely as possible because that is at least one way to ensure the safety of the captives.

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Renowned theater director disappears in Slovyansk

Pavlo Yurov

Two residents of Donetsk and Luhansk have disappeared for almost a day: the theater director Pavlo Yurov, winner of the Kyiv Pectoral award, and Denys Hryshchuk, a volunteer in the arts, reports Ukrainska Pravda, after being contacted by friends of the two men.

According to friends, theater director Pavlo Yurov, born in 1982, and volunteer Denys Hryshchuk, born in 1985, have disappeared and have not responded to phone calls for almost a day. One is from Luhansk, the other from Donetsk. They were in Slovyansk for the day and were supposed to return to Kyiv from Slovyansk by train on April 26 at night. As of 18:00, April 25, the phones of the two men stopped responding. “Parents of the two men are looking for them, but in vain.” the friends say.

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