Members of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic ("LPR") have taken a 39-year-old deaf woman hostage at a checkpoint in the occupied sector of the bridge in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, according to the media portal LIGA.net.
The woman was born deaf and her relatives have been searching for her, LIGA.net wrote.
A source told the portal that she was returning from Ukraine to the occupied city of Luhansk on July 13, 2017. She passed through the Ukrainian part of the checkpoint and there is documentary proof of that.
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Eyewitnesses reported that the militants had forced the woman into showing all her bags, seized her mobile phone for vetting.
She did not return home, the source said.