8:26 am: The OSCE is “extremely worried”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Sunday it was “extremely concerned” following the arrest, in the pro-Russian separatist Ukrainian territories in the east, of four members of its observation mission of the ceasefire of 2014. The Organization had evacuated several hundred observers from the start of the Russian invasion. But there remained Ukrainian employees “performing administrative tasks”, four of whom are detained in Donetsk and Lugansk (east).
This situation, which has lasted “for some time now”, is “unacceptable”, commented Zbigniew Rau, head of Polish diplomacy and chairman-in-office of the OSCE. The separatist security forces, for their part, accuse the arrested employees of “high treason”. They indicated on Friday that one of them had “confessed” to having transmitted “confidential military information to representatives of foreign special services”.