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OSCE Observers Freed After Abduction

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SLOVIANSK, Ukraine) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced on their Twitter account on Saturday that the military observers who had been held hostage in Sloviansk have been released.

The five Ukrainian officers and seven international observers were taken captive about a week ago. According to the BBC News, one of the observers said that they had been treated "as good as possible."

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter thanked those involved in organizing the release of the hostages. He also said that the situation in Ukraine is at risk of rapid deterioration and that joint efforts are needed to revert to dialogue instead of violence.

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