Ukraine blames Moscow for 'human shield' detentions in east




 
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Ukraine blames Moscow for 'human shield' detentions in east
 
April 26th, 2014  
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Ukraine blames Moscow for 'human shield' detentions in east
By Thomas Grove SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine offered on Saturday to release eight captive international observers in a prisoner exchange, as Western governments prepared new sanctions against Moscow. The pro-Western government in Kiev blamed Russia for what it called the kidnapping on Friday of the monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Ukraine said they were being used as human shields. Since Ukrainians toppled their pro-Russian president in February, Russia has annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and massed tens of thousands of troops on the country's eastern border.




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