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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