OSCE monitors held briefly at east Ukraine checkpoint

27th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

Two OSCE monitors were held briefly on Sunday at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine before Ukrainian police secured their release, a spokeswoman for the pan-European security body said.

"Two team members were held for a short time at the administrative building there. Local police units made it possible for the two members of the monitoring mission to leave the building unharmed," the spokeswoman told AFP.

The incident happened at the Yenakyeve checkpoint near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

They are part of a Special Monitoring Mission run by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe currently comprising 122 civilians based in 10 locations plus local staff.

Eight members of a separate OSCE military observers mission to Ukraine - four Germans, a Dane, a Pole, a Swede and a Czech -- were still being held Sunday by pro-Russian militants in the flashpoint eastern town of Slavyansk.

Rebels say the captured men are "prisoners of war" and have accused them of being "NATO spies". They were presented to the media on Sunday and said they were unharmed.

A team of OSCE negotiators arrived in the town earlier Sunday to try to secure their release.

© 2014 AFP

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