"30 - this is the number of days civilian, international monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine have been held captive in eastern Ukraine," the organization's website states, Censor.NET reports.
The OSCE also called for their immediate and unconditional release.
On May 26, the OSCE mission lost contact with four of its employees in the Donetsk region, and on May 29 another team of the OSCE mission, consisting of four foreign workers and a Ukrainian translator, were stopped by armed men at a checkpoint in Severodonetsk (the Luhansk region). Since then there has been no communication with them.
On June 18, the OSCE mission established contact with eight of its observers missing in the Donbas.
Currently, the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine has over 330 employees with 240-250 people being international staff from 40 countries. They are deployed in 10 cities of Ukraine.