Western observers released in eastern Ukraine -pro-Russian leader

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine Sat May 3, 2014 4:14am EDT

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SLAVIANSK, Ukraine May 3 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatist leader, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, confirmed that Western observers had been released in the eastern town of Slaviansk on Saturday, and that there were no conditions for their release.

"As I promised them, we celebrated my birthday yesterday and they left. As I said, they were my guests," he said, noting that 12 people had been released, including Europeans and Ukrainians. (Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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