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.
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.
More top news
Slightly cooler temperatures will replace the recent muggy weather while some areas will see heavy rain.
Andre Greipel won the final stage of the 2016 Tour de France as Chris Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Team Sky team-mates
An attacker armed with a machete killed a woman and wounded two others in the southern German city, according to reports.