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Ukrainian rebels free four hostages

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 00:41

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine release four out of eight international observers. Yiming Woo reports.

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Rebels release four international observers captured over a month ago in Ukraine. Eight of them were detained in May as they were monitoring an agreement aimed at calming the conflict. The four were handed over to colleagues at a hotel early on Friday. The prime minister of the rebels' Donetsk People's Republic says there are no pre-conditions for the release. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ALEXANDER BORODAI, PRIME MINISTER OF THE SELF-STYLED DONETSK PEOPLE REPUBLIC, STANDING SURROUNDED BY REBELS AND SAYING: "It was a long road and this release is the fruit of goodwill and it was unconditional." The remaining four are still in captivity. The pro-Russian separatists have said they hope to secure their release soon.

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Ukrainian rebels free four hostages

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 00:41