Clarissa Ward and her crew were held for several hours Friday morning by pro-Russian militants in what she calls “an unpleasant and quite frightening experience”
CBS News reporter Clarissa Ward revealed she felt a pit in her stomach when she and her crew were detained for several hours by pro-Russian militants on Friday’s “CBS This Morning”
“We were stopped at a checkpoint just outside the city of Slovyansk where we were trying to go because the Ukrainian military had allegedly started an operation to dismantle some of the pro-Russian separatists who were in the town,” Ward told Charlie Rose.
“We were stopped and told that the commander needed to ask his commander whether we should either be let go or taken prisoner,” she continued. “From there we were then taken to another nearby tent where we were blindfolded with sort of cloth and masking tape, really quite tightly bound around our heads so we couldn’t see anything at all.”
They finally were let go after cooler heads prevailed but not before one of her male colleagues was beaten.
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