Pro-Russia militias in eastern Ukraine have released four observers of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, in a goodwill gesture to help settle the crisis there.
The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic also expressed hope for the release of another four observers in custody. The observers from Switzerland, Turkey, Estonia and Denmark have been handed over to their colleagues at a hotel in Donetsk. They were being held in the neighboring restive region of Luhansk. The OSCE has welcomed the move, which has been part of peace efforts between mediators of the Kiev government, the OSCE, Russia and leaders of pro-Russian groups in east Ukraine.