Armed separatists display 'observers' identity cards'

Pro-Russian separatists who claim to have seized unarmed OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine have released images of what appear to be the men's official identity cards.

An identity pass of a Dutch member of the OSCE group being held in Slaviansk.
An image of an identity pass reportedly belonging to a German member of the OSCE group being held in Slaviansk. Credit: YouTube/LifeNews

The German-led group of mediators were travelling on a bus in Slaviansk, which has been under the control of militant separatists for two weeks, when they were said to have been detained at a checkpoint.

An image of an identity pass reportedly belonging to a Danish member of the OSCE group being held in Slaviansk. Credit: YouTube/LifeNews

Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed mayor of the town, accused one of the members of the group of a being a spy for Kiev.

"People who come here as observers bringing with them a real spy: it's not appropriate," he told Reuters.

An identity pass of a Polish member of the OSCE group being held in Slaviansk.
An image of an identity pass reportedly belonging to a Polish member of the OSCE group being held in Slaviansk. Credit: YouTube/LifeNews

The observers are being held in a security service building, according to the Ukrainian government.

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