The last time Phillips got in touch with Moscow was on the evening of Tuesday, July 22. At around 2am in the morning, Phillips sent RT a text message saying "All is fine," and that was the last communication with him.
The stringer informed Moscow he was planning to go to Donetsk airport, currently the most active warzone in the regional center besieged by Kiev's troops and National Guard.
New information, according to anonymous sources, UK journalist is among four people taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.
The other three people in the group are reportedly Anna News's cameraman, an employee of the press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, and possibly an acquaintance of Phillips, who accompanied the journalist to the airport.
"Our cameraman, Vadim, was working in the epicenter of the fighting, RT's stringer was next to him," Anna News reported.
Phillips has been reporting about the developments in Ukraine for several months now.
Almost two months ago, the journalist has been detained by Ukrainian forces. According to his statements the first thing that attracted the soldiers' attention was his bulletproof vest. His position escalated when they discovered than he was correspondent of Russia Today. He was then safelly set free.
According to research from Brandwatch social networks monitor, he has become the most popular author in Twitter reporting on the situation in Ukraine.