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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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Separatist leader and OSCE to meet over observers

The leader of separatist rebels holding a group of international observers in the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk said he was scheduled to meet a delegation of mediators who were on their way to negotiate the observers' release.

Pro-Russian separatists invited the media to film blindfolded and shackled 'Kiev spies' they captured overnight Credit: RTV

According to Reuters, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov said that his men detained three officers along with Ukrainian state security personnel in an operation overnight. "The soldiers are hostages of the situation, but I think everything will be okay. We'll reach some agreement", he said.

He added that the "fundamental" condition for releasing observers is an exchange with separatists held by Kiev authorities, and that he believed a deal will be reached.

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