Incident Summary:

10/26/2016: Assailants abducted Liliya Kots in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. Kots was released as part of a prisoner exchange on December 27, 2017. The Donetsk People's Republic claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Kots was allegedly planning to abduct a Donetsk People's Republic member.

GTD ID:
201610260049

When:
2016-10-26

Country:
Ukraine

Region:
Eastern Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Donetsk

City:
Unknown

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Liliya Kots
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 427
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
"Far-right groups deny links to Ukrainian detained by rebels," Interfax-Ukraine, October 26, 2016."
"Rebels detain Ukrainian woman suspected of kidnap attempt," Donetskoye Agentstvo Novostey, October 26, 2016."
"Ukrainian fighter nicknamed Mata Hari 'confesses to sleeping with key targets' after she was detained for seducing and planning to abduct Putin's best menĀ ," Mail Online UK, October 27, 2016."