MOSCOW: A British journalist reporting for a Russian television channel from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine went missing on Wednesday (July 23) Joakim Nilsson Sweden Jersey , with Moscow alleging he and another journalist were captured by Kiev's troops.

Graham Phillips, a British national who works as a stringer for state-owned channel RT (formerly Russia Today), went to cover intense fighting around Donetsk airport on Tuesday, but RT has had no contact with him since the early hours of Wednesday, it said.

Russia's foreign ministry said Phillips disappeared together with a cameraman for Anna-News Jacob Rinne Sweden Jersey , an obscure agency based in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia that produces pro-Russian reports from the Ukraine conflict.

"According to available information, they have been captured by Ukrainian forces," the ministry statement said, calling it a "targeted provocation of Ukrainian authorities towards independent international journalists."

Also on Wednesday, the US ambassador to Ukraine wrote on Twitter that a Ukrainian journalist had been abducted by pro-Russian rebels. The Donetsk-based website quoted sources as saying that he was abducted from a hotel while working for CNN.

"We deplore the abduction of journalist Anton Skiba in Donetsk and call for his immediate release. Separatists? kidnapping must end Gustav Svensson Sweden Jersey ," the ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt wrote.

RT said that it lost contact with Phillips after receiving a text message saying "All is fine" at around 2:00 am. It said he was not reporting for RT at the time.

Anna-News on Wednesday said that the two journalists were "captured by Fascists," giving only the first name of its own reporter, Vadim.

RT said it had warned Phillips not to go to the airport since it was "extremely dangerous" but had understood from his social networking posts that he had gone anyway.

It also quoted another journalist named as Maksim Dimitrov as saying that Phillips had gone ahead to the airport Tuesday evening and "most likely ran into an ambush" but "we presume he is alive."

Phillips, who writes on Twitter as GrahamWPhillips, last tweeted on Tuesday evening Gustav Engvall Sweden Jersey , saying: "There's been some heavy shelling and I'm right by Donetsk airport as it looks to be an active night here."

Russia's foreign ministry called for the journalists "immediate release", adding that "they say 'truth hurts'. And that is what Kiev fears." It said that two other journalists were also detained overnight but did not name them.

The Ukrainian authorities had detained Phillips for several days in May and questioned him on his reporting for RT before releasing him without charge.

RT, formerly known as Russia Today, was founded by the Kremlin to promote the Russian point of view on international affairs.


Li Yang poses for a photo with Shi Yongxin, the abbot of Shaolin Temple Emir Kujovic Sweden Jersey , on July 26, 2014.

Celebrity Chinese educator Li Yang has converted to Buddhism at a renowned Buddhist temple following a domestic violence scandal that put the creator of the "Crazy English" method of language learning at the center of controversy.

Li became a layman disciple of Shi Yongxin, monastery head of the Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan province, shortly after the two had an arranged meeting on Saturday morning, Shi told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Li Emil Salomonsson Sweden Jersey , now under the Buddhist name "Yanyi," confirmed the news on Tuesday morning on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. The 45-year-old said he became a layman Buddhist because he "hopes to spread Chinese culture with the English language."

In a long post on Sina Weibo, Li said that he plans to build the world's biggest kung fu and language training center in Dengfeng City, where the Shaolin Temple is located. He also plans to hold an international English winter camp at the temple in 2015 Emil Bergstrom Sweden Jersey , he added.

"Crazy English" is a non-traditional method of teaching that uses shouting to memorize and practice the language.

Li has been successful since starting his English-teaching business in China in the early 1990s.

However, in August 2011, his then-wife, Kim Lee, accused him of beating her and posted pictures of her injuries on the Internet.

A week later Christoffer Nyman Sweden Jersey , after the case had triggered a wave of condemnation, Li apologized but said that "it was just a quarrel between couples."

In February 2013, a Beijing court granted a divorce to the couple on the grounds of domestic abuse.

Li's conversion to Buddhism has drawn scathing comments from Chinese netizens.

"Maybe Li Yang will use Shaolin kung fu to beat his wife in the future," a netizen speculated.

"This is probably another marketing gimmick to sell more of his 'Crazy English' books that are seeing disappointing sales," wrote another.

Shi Yongxin said that he did not know much about Li's background Anton Tinnerholm Sweden Jersey , but that "the past is in the past."

The high-profile monk, who has courted controversy himself for developing money-spinning business operations such as kung fu shows, added that Li's conversion to Buddhism is "praiseworthy," and that the Shaolin Temple welcomes anyone who wishes to become layman disciples.

It's not rare for Chinese celebrities to convert to Buddhism. Singer Faye Wong and actor Andy Lau are among the scores of famous people to have become Buddhist disciples.

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