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Officials: Ukrainian journalist kidnapped by rebels in western Syria

A Free Syrian Army soldier, right, looks towards a mirror which helps him see Syrian troops on the other side, as he takes his position with his comrade during fighting, at the old city of Aleppo city, Syria, Monday Sept. 24, 2012. Most of those fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad are ordinary Syrians and soldiers who have defected, having become fed up with the authoritarian government, analysts say. But increasingly, foreign fighters and those adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology are turning up on the front lines. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A Free Syrian Army soldier, right, looks towards a mirror which helps him see Syrian troops on the other side, as he takes his position with his comrade during fighting, at the old city of Aleppo city, Syria, Monday Sept. 24, 2012. Most of those fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad are ordinary Syrians and soldiers who have defected, having become fed up with the authoritarian government, analysts say. But increasingly, foreign fighters and those adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology are turning up on the front lines. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (AP2012)

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry says a Ukrainian woman who worked as an interpreter for a Russian TV crew in Syria has been kidnapped by rebels in the country's west.

Ankhar Kochneva was kidnapped in western Syria on Oct. 9 by the members of the Free Syrian Army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov said Tuesday.

Dikusarov said Kochneva contacted her colleagues at a Russian television channel and said she was being held in "satisfactory conditions."

Russian and Ukrainian embassies in Syria are working together on securing Kochneva's release, Dikusarov said.