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Abductions on rise in rebel-held eastern Ukraine

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – From international observers and journalists to pro-Ukrainian activists, priests and ordinary citizens, cases of arbitrary detention and abductions are on the rise in the areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels. “Kidnappings began from the very beginning of the insurgency and today we estimate the number of those being detained illegally at 200,” Maria Oliynik, an activist with Ukrainian rights watchdog Prosvita, told AFP. Those held hostage are usually kept in basements and safe houses guarded by gunmen from the rebel “authorities” of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine — and the United Nations says they can face beatings, torture and even execution. For close to a fortnight now two groups of observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) — totalling eight international monitors and a Ukrainian interpreter — have been held captive and incommunicado after separatists picked them up, three days apart, in late May.

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