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An American journalist released in Ukraine after four nights in captivity said Friday that he was blindfolded, beaten and tied up in a cellar by a pro-Russian, ultra-nationalist group.

Simon Ostrovsky, who has been reporting for VICE News since the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, says on the organization's web site that he was abducted by gunmen on Monday in Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine.

"I was pulled out of a car at a checkpoint, then blindfolded, beaten, and tied up with tape," Ostrovsky writes. "After spending hours alone on the floor of a damp cell with my hands tied behind my back and a hat pulled over my eyes, I was led into a room where I was accused of working for the CIA, FBI, and Right Sector, the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist group."

The 33-year-old Soviet-born American journalist was freed on Thursday. He says he was held in the cellar of the Ukraine state security building that was taken over by the pro-Russian militants.

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"When I refused to give the password to my laptop, I was smacked in the arm with a truncheon. When I was asleep on the floor, masked men came to wake me up and tell me how no one would miss me if I died, and then kicked me in the ribs as they left.

"But as it turns out, I had it pretty easy, because I was let go," Ostrovsky writes. He says he does not know why he was eventually released.

The journalist says that about a dozen other detainees, including some journalists, were brought in and out of the cellar while he was there, and that some are still there.

These included a freelance journalist abducted on the main square, a local computer programmer who was caught setting up a web cam opposite the building and a deputy in the Slovyansk city council..

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