Separatist leader: No conditions for observers' release

Pro-Russian separatist leader, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, has confirmed that Western observers have been freed in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk and that there were no conditions for their release.

The self-styled mayor of Slaviansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

He said: "As I promised them, we celebrated my birthday yesterday and they left. As I said, they were my guests."

He confirmed that 12 people had been released, including Ukrainians and Europeans.

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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.