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OSCE observers detained in east Ukraine rebel town: ministry

  • Armed Pro Russian militants signal an approaching car near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

KIEV: Seven members of an OSCE observer mission in Ukraine were seized by rebels Friday and being held in the eastern flashpoint town of Slavyansk, the interior ministry in Kiev said.

"Near the entrance to Slavyansk, unknown persons stopped the bus with 13 passengers including seven OSCE representatives, five representatives of the armed forces of Ukraine and the driver of the vehicle," the ministry said in a statement.

It said the passengers were taken to the occupied security services building in the town and the rebels were demanding to speak with "the competent authorities of the Russian Federation".

 
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