Freed OSCE observers arrive in Kiev

Military observers from the OSCE, captured more than a week ago by Ukrainian separatists, have been released and have arrived back in Kiev.

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John Kerry welcomes release of military monitors

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has welcomed the release in Ukraine of military monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) but said more steps were needed to de-escalate the crisis.

US Secretary of State John Kerry holds press conference. Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/Press Association Images

After landing in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a visit, he said: "We will both advance ideas about how to do that, without any promises of what those possibilities may produce. In the end, we reaffirmed our support for the OSCE."

Kerry said he spoke by phone with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and that both would discuss with Switzerland's president ways the OSCE might "play a larger role in perhaps facilitating the de-escalation".

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