Armed pro-Russia militants stand guard outside the regional state building seized by separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 30.(ALEX INOY/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed pro-Russia militants stand guard outside the regional state building seized by separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 30.
(ALEX INOY/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin Calls for Ukrainian Forces to Withdraw From Southeast Ukraine

May 1, 2014  •  From theTrumpet.com
 

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for Ukrainian forces to withdraw from southeastern Ukraine on Thursday in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The purpose of the phone call, according to a spokeswoman for Merkel, was for Germany to ask Putin to help in liberating seven observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who are being held hostage in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russia separatists. Eight osce observers were taken captive in late April and only one so far has been released. The seven still in captivity include a German interpreter and three German officers.

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