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Published: Saturday May 3, 2014 MYT 5:35:02 PM
Updated: Saturday May 3, 2014 MYT 5:36:06 PM

OSCE confirms observers released in Slaviansk

VIENNA (Reuters) - A group of military observers who were seized last week by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has been released, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) confirmed on Saturday.

"We can now confirm the release of the military observers," said a spokeswoman for the OSCE, under whose auspices the military verification officers led by German defence ministry staff were in Ukraine, at Ukraine's request.

"Staff of the special monitoring mission are now waiting to receive them," she said, referring to a larger OSCE mission gathering information and trying to reduce tensions on the ground in Ukraine.

Earlier, Slaviansk's pro-Russian separatist leader said he had released the observers, and said the move was voluntary and made to coincide with his birthday.

(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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