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“Communication
with the military observers in is Donetsk lost,” the OSCE stated on its Twitter
microblog. “The military verification team – led by Germans, and
composed of eight members, (including) four Germans, one Czech, one
Dane, one Pole and one Swede.”

The OSCE
said that the military verification team was sent to Ukraine under
the 2011 Vienna Document on transparency. Earlier in the day, the
Ukrainian authorities said that the hostages were representatives of
OSCE’s observation mission, but the organization said that all its
members are “safe and accounted for.”

The
abduction of international observers is bound to further escalate
tensions in the region, and worsen relations between Russia and the
West, already at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War
era.

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