Self-defense forces detain intl military observers in eastern Ukraine

Self-defense forces detain intl military observers in eastern Ukraine

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Federalization supporters on guard at the checkpoint near Bylbyshovka village in the Slaviansk vicinity.(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Anti-government activists in Slavyansk have detained military observers who had been traveling with the OSCE mission. The OSCE dismissed the claim of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry that its mission has been detained in Slavyansk.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday said that an international military mission has been detained in eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region but the group is not connected to the OSCE observers.

The detained team is “not OSCE monitors” but was sent by OSCE member states in accordance with the 2011 Vienna Document on military transparency, the organization explained on Twitter.

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