` Group of Seven OSCE Observers and their Ukrainian Assistants Held in Slovyansk have been Freed ‘

#AceBreakingNews – May 03 – (rferl) – The group of seven OSCE observers and their Ukrainian assistants who were being held by pro-Russian forces in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk have been freed.

According to OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter expressed his gratitude to all participating States involved in the efforts for the release of the seven military inspectors and their Ukrainian hosts who were detained in Sloviansk by a group of armed individuals.

He particularly emphasised the crucial role of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in the assistance for their release. From the moment of their abduction on Friday, 25 April, the Special Monitoring Mission worked under difficult circumstances to set them free.