Officials from the OSCE special mission in Ukraine leave the mayor's office with a detained international observer (C), in Slaviansk April 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
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The leader of rebels holding seven OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday reported "good progress" in talks to secure their release, adding a "positive outcome" was expected soon.Ponomaryov's comments offered hope that the monitors -- four from Germany, one Dane, one Pole and one Czech -- might soon be released after five days in captivity.Earlier Tuesday, the head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Lamberto Zannier, held emergency talks in Kiev with the US ambassador to Ukraine and the foreign minister. The OSCE is in Ukraine to assess progress towards an April 17 accord struck in Geneva that was supposed to defuse tensions.
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