International observation mission held hostage in Sloviansk

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April 25, 2014, 10:08 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Oksana Grytsenko

Pro-Russian armed men in military fatigues stand guard outside the security service (SBU) regional building which was seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on April 25, 2014. Seven members of an OSCE observer mission in Ukraine were seized by rebels today and being held in the eastern flashpoint town of Slavyansk, the interior ministry in Kiev said. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

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Eight members of a military monitoring mission were abducted on April 25 and are held hostage in the northern Donetsk Oblast city of Sloviansk by pro-Russian separatist forces, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday. The OSCE monitors were traveling by bus from Kramatorsk to Sloviansk in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine's interior ministry said.

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