Pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine release a second group of four OSCE monitors who had been seized on May 29. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine released on Saturday (June 28) the remaining four of eight international observers, captured nearly a month ago. The rebels had detained a total of eight observers from the Vienna-based Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a key security and rights body, tasked with monitoring an agreement drafted in Switzerland in April to de-escalate the crisis that has pitted the rebels against leaders in Kiev. Four observers including a woman from Germany, and men from Russia, Estonia and Denmark, part of the 100-strong mission, were brought by heavily armed rebels to a hotel in downtown Donetsk, where they were handed over to their colleagues. Securing the release of the OSCE hostages has been a part of peace consultations between mediators of the Kiev government, OSCE, Russia and rebel leaders. The ceasefire between the rebels and the government, has been extended until Monday, but it has already been marred by a number of violations including the shootout in the rebel stronghold of Slaviansk. The release follows the freeing of another group of OSCE monitors early on Friday.