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Pro-Russia forces free at least 1 of 8 Western military observers held in east Ukraine

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    Ukrainian government troops guard a checkpoint near the village of Dolina, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Ukrainian authorities are undertaking a security operation to liberate the nearby city of Slovyansk, which is currently controlled by an armed pro-Russian insurgency. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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    Vacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, right, speaks to Axel Schneider of Germany, a foreign military observer being held by Ponomarev's group during a press conference in the city hall of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 27, 2014. As Western governments vowed to impose more sanctions against Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine, a group of foreign military observers remained in captivity Sunday accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency. The German-led, eight-member team was traveling under the auspices of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe when they were detained Friday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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    A pro-Russian gunman escorts a group of foreign military observers ahead of a press conference in the city hall, Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 27, 2014. As Western governments vowed to impose more sanctions against Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine, a group of foreign military observers remained in captivity Sunday accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency. The German-led, eight-member team was traveling under the auspices of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe when they were detained Friday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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    Vacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, right, speaks to a pro-Russian gunman, as two of foreign military observer, one of them Axel Schneider of Germany, center, look to each other during a press conference in city hall, of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 27, 2014. As Western governments vowed to impose more sanctions against Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine, a group of foreign military observers remained in captivity Saturday accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency. The German-led, eight-member team was traveling under the auspices of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe when they were detained Friday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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    Axel Schneider of Germany, in red, of foreign military observers is escorted by pro-Russian militants to attend a press conference today in city hall at Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine.

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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — At least one of the eight European military observers held prisoner by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine has been freed.

An Associated Press photographer saw the observer get into a car today with representatives of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and drive away.

Earlier in the day, the eight observers had been shown in public for the first time since they were detained on Friday and accused of spying for NATO.

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