Detained last week in the East Ukrainian international OSCE observers were evacuated from the combat zone in Slavyansk, said the German print publication Bild.
" They were all evacuated to a safe place outside the combat zone, " the magazine quoted the words of folk mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev. Where are currently Western specialists, print edition does not specify, ITAR-TASS reported. Answering the question of what the consequences may be seized by the conduct of the Ukrainian army special operations in Slavyansk, Ponomarev said: " at the moment I cannot foresee the development of the situation ". In the morning on the last working day of the week in Slavyansk, Donetsk region joined the siren, which should inform residents about the beginning of the active phase of the special operation Kyiv authorities began shooting. On the outskirts of the city began to climb the clouds Duma from burning tires. Above the city was circling helicopters. Militia managed to shoot down two army helicopter Mi-24 and damage one rotary-wing machine Mi-8, as they say in the Ministry of defense, died two soldiers injured. According to the authorized militia, the pilot of one of the wrecked helicopter is placed at the headquarters of the militia, it is urgent medical aid. First of folk Slavyansk Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev said that Slavyansk started the dialogue with Kiev on the exchange of observers from OSCE countries on seized the Ukrainian authorities supporters of federalization. Remember, military observers from a number of OSCE countries have been caught under Slavonic at the end of last week Together with their accompanying employees of the SBU. They were on the area of Ukraine at the invitation of the Kiev authorities in accordance with the norms of the Vienna document on measures to increase trust in the military sphere.