Pro-Russian activists say a group of European military observers seized by separatists in eastern Ukraine are ‘NATO spies’.
In the separatist stronghold of Slovyansk, some insist the 13-strong German-led team, travelling with an OSCE mission, will only be freed in a ‘prisoner exchange’.“We have detained regular intelligence officers from NATO member countries: Denmark, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic,” said Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk.
“We retrieved a map showing checkpoints. This is evident proof of intelligence activities under the guise of the OSCE.”
As he made the accusations, diplomatic efforts were underway to secure the group’s release.