Update: As of the evening, March 11, the missing activists and journalists are released. Their physical condition is satisfactory. Details and reasons for detention are being investigated. Thanks to everyone who helped.
My friend and local climate organizer in Ukraine Kateryna Butko is missing, after having been detained by the armed men on a checkpoint between the mainland Ukraine and Crimean peninsula yesterday, the 9th of March. Allegedly, they were Russian military men who have been unanimously patrolling the peninsula in large numbers after Russian President Putin announced intervention to Crimea.
Kateryna and two other young women, one on whom a journalist, are associated with a pro-democracy movement Maidan and were having Ukrainian national flags, as well as letters of support to Ukrainian soldiers from the mainland with them in a car, which may have been a reason for the armed men’s reaction. Until now, the women’s location and destiny remain unknown.