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Pro-Russian separatists seize another eastern Ukraine town

Armed pro-Russian separatists have taken control of the east Ukrainian town of Kostyantynivka today. Separatists in Slaviansk yesterday released one of eight OSCE monitors they are holding.

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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 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 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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