In OSCE declare, that in Slavyansk not their observers are captured
The people captured in Slavyansk are not OSCE observers. It is reported by the press service of the organization. "All members of the OSCE special observation mission and the election observation mission from the ODIHR are safe, no one has disappeared," the statement said.
The organization noted that a military verification mission was detained in Slavyansk, which arrived at the invitation of Ukraine in accordance with the Vienna document 2011 of the year. It is reported that it consists of eight people, four of them are German citizens and one each from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and Sweden. “They are not OSCE observers, but sent by OSCE countries within the framework of the Vienna Document,” the organization explained.
Earlier, the Interior Ministry confirmed the information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the seizure by militias in Slavyansk (Donetsk region) of representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). According to a false report from the ministry’s press service, today at 11: 40, at the entrance to Slavyansk from Kramatorsk, unknown people stopped a bus carrying 13 passengers - seven OSCE representatives, five employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a driver.
Earlier, the people's mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, said that an OSCE minibus was detained by militia fighters at one of the roadblocks. According to him, the militia was embarrassed that the mission consisted of active officers of the European NATO member countries, as well as the Ukrainian General Staff.
Security specialists of the national militia check the detained members of the OSCE mission, by Saturday morning it will be decided to work in the region.
Resistance activists have already found a page in фейсбук one of the detained NATO military.
The United States calls for the release of representatives of the OSCE mission detained in Ukraine, but do not have confirmation of media reports on this topic, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said at a briefing, reports RIA News.
According to her, the OSCE staff are located in a building controlled by pro-Russian forces. However, the representative of the State Department admitted that he knew about what was happening only from media reports.
According to Psaki, the State Department believes that Russia can contribute to the release of the detainees, using its influence.
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