Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky has been covering Ukraine for many years. In 2019, he interviewed President Zelensky when he was running for office about his foreign policy and strategy on Russia. Ostrovsky joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the ongoing invasion.
・・・・ Simon Ostrovsky:
I was actually kidnapped by a group of militants that were led by a Russian citizen named Igor Gerken, a former FSB officer who had orchestrated the takeover of the town that I was reporting from when I was taken captive and when they detained me and threw me in the basement, there were other civilians down there, bloggers, a streamer, a journalist, a nationalist Ukrainian who had actually come to the region to fight. I was fortunately released after being held for just three days because there was a lot of international outcry about my kidnapping. A lot of the media who were in the area were very vocal about my case. But the other men who were down there with me ended up spending months in detention in those terrible conditions until their city was retaken by Ukrainian forces. But obviously, not all the territory was retaken by Ukrainian forces, and so many people, including journalists and human rights workers, ended up spending years in dark prisons in the areas controlled by the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.