Abducted OSCE Observers Freed in Ukraine
The last four remaining OSCE observers who were abducted by rebels in Ukraine have been freed, as part of President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan.
After 4 observers were freed on Friday, another 4 were released from captivity on Saturday, the BBC reported. They include a German, Spanish, Dutch, and Russian citizen. The monitoring team was abducted on May 29, but no group had claimed responsibility.
The OSCE’s spokesman Michael Bociurkiw informed that all of them are in good physical and psychological health.
Moscow welcomed the release of the observers.
"We expect the fact of their release to create the conditions necessary for the OSCE mission to continue to fulfill its tasks of monitoring the situation in Ukraine while presenting objective and comprehensive reports, as well as facilitating the de-escalation of tensions in the country”, Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated.
Poroshenko’s 15-point peace plan includes a ceasefire, decentralization of power, release of detained observers and media personnel, the establishment of a buffer zone on the Russian-Ukrainian border, and a corridor for pro-Russian rebels to leave the country. Despite the ceasefire, which President Vladimir Putin had also welcomed, fighting has continued in parts of eastern Ukraine.
- » Three-Way Summit to Lay Basis for Supplying Turkmen Gas to Europe
- » Migrants Arrivals by Sea in Europe Top 242,000 so far in 2016 – IOM
- » Some 4,700 People Remanded in Custody in Turkey over Failed Coup Attempt
- » Turkish Airlines to Maintain Normal Operations during Emergency Rule
- » France Charges Five Suspects over Nice Truck Attack
- » EU’s Mogherini Calls on Turkey to Respect Human Rights during Emergency Rule