14:56 26.04.2014

Military inspectors from OSCE states captured in Sloviansk, they are not members of observer mission – OSCE

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People, who were captured in a bus in Donetsk region in the morning on April 25, are not related to the special OSCE monitoring mission or election observers, reads a statement by the organization on its Twitter page.

"All members of the special OSCE monitoring mission and the election observers are in safety, nobody is missing," reads the report.

The OSCE noted that the military verification mission, who "arrived at the invitation of Ukrainian authorities in accordance with the Vienna Document of 2011," was detained. It consists of eight people: four German citizens and one representative from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and Sweden.

"They are not observers from the OSCE but were sent by the OSCE countries under the Vienna Document," the organization explained.

Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Jennifer Psaki, in turn, said that Washington "is concerned about reports on the abduction by armed men of a group of inspectors, operating in accordance with the Vienna Document".

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