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Ukraine activists believed seized

AFP-JIJI

A journalist eyewitness and a family member said four Ukrainian activists are missing after being led away by pro-Russian militants in two incidents in and around Crimea on Sunday.

Oleksy Byk from the Internet journal Glavkom said he saw some 20 gunmen around two women kneeling on the ground with their arms tied near the village of Armyansk on the unofficial border between Crimea and the rest of Ukraine. “Their belongings were scattered on the road,” said Byk, who saw stickers in support of the Maidan protest movement and a tattoo on one of the women to honor slain protesters in Kiev. A spokesman for the pro-EU Euromaidan movement in Kiev said that in fact three and not two women were seized.

In a second incident, activist Sergiy Kovalskiy said his father, Anatoliy Kovalskiy, and a second man were taken away as they picked up supplies for a pro-Kiev rally in Simferopol.