Pro-Russia Forces Free One Western Military Observer
Pro-Russia insurgents on Sunday freed one of the eight European military observers being held prisoner in eastern Ukraine, citing medical reasons. Earlier in the day, all eight appeared in public for the first time and, under armed guard, gave assurances they weren’t being mistreated. An Associated Press photographer saw Maj. Thomas Johansson of Sweden get into a car with representatives of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe. They then drove away from the city administration building in Slovyansk, which has become the center of the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. A spokeswoman for the city’s self-proclaimed mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev, Stella Khorosheva said, Johansson was “released on humanitarian grounds as he has a mild form of diabetes,”
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