Pro-Russia Forces Free 1 Western Observer
Seven others have been held since Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2014 11:59 AM CDT
Vacheslav Ponomarev, self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, right, speaks as two military observers, one Axel Schneider of Germany, left, look to each other in Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 27, 2014.   (Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – At least one of the eight European military observers held prisoner by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine has been freed. An AP photographer saw the observer get into a car today with representatives of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and drive away. The released man is a Swedish national who was released for health reasons, reports al-Jazeera. "He has a mild form of diabetes and so we decided to let him go," says a separatist spokeswoman. Earlier in the day, the eight observers had been shown in public for the first time since they were detained on Friday and accused of spying for NATO.

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Izman15
Apr 27, 2014 10:39 PM CDT
This is the result of decades of ignoring ex soviet nations. Once USSR fell apart the West cheered and patted each-other on the backs and forgot all about the economic ruin that had bankrupted the soviets in the first place. With the absence of government or western influence, organized crime took over, and is a major force in the corruption and inequality found in both Ukraine and Russia (as well as many other ex bloc states). Had world powers invested honestly into reconstruction we wouldn't have this problem. We could have taken a defeated foe and turned them into a valuable trade partner like Japan but instead we ignored them and gave the rot of corruption room to fester and spread.
FUBABY
Apr 27, 2014 12:10 PM CDT
I believe this to be the rebirth of the Soviet Union. The hardliners were so embarrassed that communism failed. They laid in wait until what they believed it to be the right moment. Some of my Russian friends said they would rather have communist toilet paper, than none at all. So sad...