Armed men in military fatigues stand guard outside a regional administration building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV)
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Pro-Russia insurgents on Sunday freed one of the eight European military observers being held prisoner in eastern Ukraine.An Associated Press photographer saw Maj. Thomas Johansson of Sweden get into a car with representatives of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe. They then drove away from the city administration building in Slovyansk, which has become the center of the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. It wasn't immediately clear why only Johansson was released, but the pro-Russian insurgents had accused the group of being NATO spies and Sweden isn't a member of the trans-Atlantic alliance. Schneider, however, said they were being treated as well as possible under the circumstances.Igor Strelkov, who has been identified as the commander of the armed insurgents, said the three Ukrainian officers were on a mission to seize leaders of the pro-Russia force when they were captured.Ukraine's Security Service confirmed that its officers had been seized by armed men.
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