Observers of the OSCE special monitoring mission to Ukraine have been held captive by terrorists in the Donbas for a month, reads a statement posted on the OSCE website.
"30 - this is the number of days civilian, international monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine have been held captive in eastern Ukraine," the organization said. The OSCE again called for the immediate and unconditional release of its representatives. As reported, on May 26, the OSCE mission lost contact with four employees in Donetsk region, and on May 29 another OSCE team consisting of four foreign employees and a Ukrainian interpreter was stopped by armed men at a checkpoint in Siverodonetsk (Luhansk region). There has been no contact with them since then. Late on June 18, the OSCE established contact with its observers captured in the Donbas. The OSCE special mission to Ukraine currently consists of over 330 employees, and 240-250 of them are international employees from 40 countries. They are deployed in ten cities of Ukraine.