Ukraine: Pole among kidnapped OSCE observers
PR dla Zagranicy
Seven observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were kidnapped on Friday near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.
Armed pro-Russian protesters stand guard near a checkpoint not far from an occupied security service building in Slovyansk, Ukraine, 26 April 2014. . EPA/Roman Pilipe
The incident follows skirmishes between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian soldiers in the city.
The OSCE observers included three Germans, a Dane, a Czech, a Swede and a Pole.
According to Ukraine's interior ministry, the observers were travelling towards the entrance to the city, which is being held by pro-Russian militants.
The OSCE personnel were accompanied by “five representatives of the armed forces of Ukraine,” the ministry said.
Self-styled 'people’s mayor' of Slovyansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov has claimed that a Ukrainian military intelligence services officer was among the passengers. (nh)