"Earlier in the day, German OSCE special envoy Wolfgang Ischinger said the organization could withdraw its monitors if their lives were at risk."
Kiev, May 28 - Four Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) monitors have been captured by insurgents in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said Wednesday.

They are detained by pro-Russian groups and we are working to release them, Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Eugene Perebiynis as saying.

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies had sent a special unit to free the captives as soon as possible, Perebiynis said, adding their whereabouts were not yet known.

On Tuesday, the OSCE said it had lost contact with a four-person monitoring team, which was on an observing mission near Ukraine's Donetsk.

The team is comprised of a Turk, an Estonian, a Dane and a Swiss.

Earlier in the day, German OSCE special envoy Wolfgang Ischinger said the organization could withdraw its monitors if their lives were at risk.

In April, rebels took a group of OSCE military observers, mostly from Europe, in Donetsk region and held them for a week.


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