OSCE observers held in Ukraine being released

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This image made from AP video shows people carrying a scaffolding frame through fires on the ground in Odessa, Ukraine, on Friday, May 2, 2014. Deadly clashes took place in the southern Ukraine port of Odessa on Friday, triggered by Ukraine's offensive to recapture the eastern city of Slovyansk from pro-Russia forces. (AP Photo via AP Video)

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The leader of pro-Russia insurgents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk says the military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who were held for more than a week have been released.

An Associated Press reporter on Saturday saw one of the observers, German Col. Axel Schneider, and his Ukrainian translator walk free. Insurgent leader Vyacheslav Ponomarev told The AP that all seven observers and their five Ukrainian assistants were free.

Insurgents in Slovyansk, the epicenter of eastern Ukraine, seized the observer team on April 25.