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CNN journalist abducted in Ukraine

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Anton Skiba, a freelancer working for CNN, was taken by gunmen after working at the MH17 crash site. (Source: Whatsapp/Twitter/CNN) Anton Skiba, a freelancer working for CNN, was taken by gunmen after working at the MH17 crash site. (Source: Whatsapp/Twitter/CNN)

 (CNN) - A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention after being abducted by pro-Russian separatists.

Anton Skiba was taken by gunmen after working at the MH17 crash site.

The self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is taking responsibility for the kidnapping.

Since his detention, CNN has attempted through a number of different separatist officials to secure Skiba's freedom.

The network is now publicly asking those who are holding Skiba to release him, after private meetings to secure his freedom failed.

Several international human rights and press freedom organizations have since called for Skiba's immediate release.

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