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Second group of Ukraine monitors out of contact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe lost contact Friday with a five-member team in east Ukraine, where four members of another OSCE mission are still being held by pro-Russian rebels.

The OSCE said in a statement published online that it lost contact with the team, made up of four international workers and one Ukrainian translator, in the Luhansk region late on Thursday. The OSCE has been out of contact with another four-member team in the neighboring region of Donetsk since Monday.

An insurgent leader in the Donetsk region confirmed Thursday that members of the first group were in their custody. The rebels told journalists that they would "deal with this and then release them," but didn't elaborate or give a specific timeframe. The OSCE's teams are in Ukraine to monitor the security situation following Russia's annexation of Crimea and the rise of the pro-Russia separatist insurgency in the east.

Ukraine has waged an intensifying campaign against the pro-Moscow rebels, who have seized government and police buildings and want the region to join Russia. President-elect Petro Poroshenko, who will be sworn in to office on June 7, has promised that the campaign against the rebels, who he compared to Somali pirates, would last "hours" rather than months.

Ukraine's acting defense minister, Mykhailo Koval, said Friday that the government would bring "peace and order" to the region and would not end its anti-terrorist operation "until Ukrainian authority is re-established there."

But the rebels have dug in their heels and waged an aggressive campaign against the ill-equipped army, which has little experience combatting elusive guerrilla militia groups. On Thursday, rebels shot down a helicopter carrying Ukrainian troops, killing at least 11 soldiers and a general who was in charge of combat training.

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almazstmp May 30 2014 at 2:19 PM

Ukraino-Fascist military is shelling civilian targets in Slaviansk. Shells struck children's hospital. Nurses couldn't disconnect one baby from the respirator and move him to safety. They stayed throughout the shelling with the child, shielding him with their bodies.


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Welcome Justin May 30 2014 at 2:04 PM

You would think that these "security monitors" would stop going into this warzone area. Obviously the situation is "unsecure" since the last team of monitors is still in the separatists' custody. It's almost enough to insinuate an ulterior motive of the monitors.

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sandinbox Welcome Justin May 31 2014 at 9:57 PM

Journalists and monitors go into war areas...get it...what ulterior motive would they have Putin troll? Oh let's make up another stupid lie and maybe some fool will be lieve it. You people are unbelievable. How much do you get paid for spewing crap out of your mouth?

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PERFORATOR May 31 2014 at 5:01 AM

#Bring back our international workers.

There, that oughta do it. Hashtags are big Juju.

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rita May 30 2014 at 1:43 PM

I wish we`d stay the hell out of there! Nothing good ever comes from getting involved with fanatics, idealists,and overall stupid people who like being oppressed

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almazstmp rita May 30 2014 at 3:15 PM

They are not as sophisticated as most Americans, who spent 2 month grilling an octogenarian sugar-daddy for lack of political correctness in his private conversations.

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sandinbox rita May 31 2014 at 10:01 PM

rita...what are you talking about? These are Putin's special Russian forces that have invaded eastern Ukraine? Ukraine has been fighting for freedom or don't you read. American promised to protect Ukraine when they gave up their nuclear weapons...So where are we? Some people of their word. Ukraine has never wanted to be dominated to Russia. rita read learn about Ukraine from Ukrainians not the Communists or fascist Germans...who blamed everything that happened in WW2 on a weak country with no way to protect itself.

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temeculapaul May 30 2014 at 5:34 PM

It's hard to find signs of civilization on this planet. Different species are able to live in harmony, but not the human.

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sandinbox temeculapaul May 31 2014 at 10:02 PM

Really tell us all the species that don't fight?

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tolycarter May 30 2014 at 10:04 PM

Blood of innocent Ukraine people is on hands of pro-Nazi Kiev "government" and their Western masters. Well, what else is new. Same things happenned in Yugoslavia.

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rwa325 tolycarter May 30 2014 at 10:24 PM

"Kiev's Western masters." You've been drinking the Cool-Ade, haven't you?

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tolycarter rwa325 May 30 2014 at 11:27 PM

Of course you have no idea that Obama fully supports Kiev with all means including your tax money. And that every time Kiev launches military offens agains civilian "terrorists", it follows CIA directions

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racjaa rwa325 May 31 2014 at 12:11 PM

tolycarter has been drinking the Russian vodka. The big western goliath controls how much vodka he gets.

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sandinbox tolycarter May 31 2014 at 10:03 PM

tolycarter...putin troll....blood is on you and Putin. The whole world knows the truth except you....but then we know you get paid by putin to troll the internet and lie.

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astronauty May 30 2014 at 11:33 PM

The puppets of Putin have them. Why? Because they know the truth about what is really happening there.

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tolycarter May 30 2014 at 10:09 PM

Blood of innocent Ukraine people is on hands of so called Kiev pro-Nazi "government" and their Western masters

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jimormarylosc May 30 2014 at 3:59 PM

you guys have just got to learn to live together in harmony. or, putin and the rebel leader duel to the death, winner take all. all world disputs should be solved this way.

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sandinbox jimormarylosc May 31 2014 at 10:06 PM

jimormarylosc...what is there that you don't understand about this situation. Russia has all the power in arms and military...Ukraine is almost helpless. I'd knock that little pumped up with botox face of that little hitler Putin if I could get my hands on him. He's a bully that's invading another country. Talk like a fool don't get into adult conversations.

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cayce58 May 31 2014 at 8:52 AM

Bush and Obama both lost their chance to rein in Russia. The best way to start a war is to act like you are already in one. We treated Russia like an enemy when we shoud have asked them to join NATO.

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