Incident Summary:

01/28/2016: Assailants abducted a religious studies expert, Ihor Kozlovskyy, in Donetsk city, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. Kozlovskyy was released as part of a prisoner exchange on December 27, 2017. The Donetsk People's Republic claimed responsibility for the incident and accused the victim of being a spy.

GTD ID:
201601270052

When:
2016-01-28

Country:
Ukraine

Region:
Eastern Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Donetsk

City:
Donetsk

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Center for Religious Studies and International Spiritual Relations
Specific Description President: Ihor Kozlovskyy
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 699
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Humanitarian activist missing in Donetsk," UNIAN, January 30, 2016."
"New wave of 'arrests' & attack on Ukrainian churches in militant-controlled Donetsk," Prava Lyudyny v Ukrayini, February 1, 2016."
"Ukrainian activist detained in rebel-held Donetsk," UA:First, January 30, 2016."