Donetsk militants release OSCE SMM driver

22:24, 08 June 2016
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Militants in the temporarily occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine have released a driver of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), who was reported missing on Tuesday, June 7, according to an OSCE SMM statement.

An OSCE SMM driver was reported missing on June 7 / Photo from UNIAN

"The SMM staff member who went missing on 7 June was returned today to the Mission in Donetsk," reads the statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday evening.

The National Police's main department in Luhansk region reported on June 7 that a woman, born in 1984, came to a Severodonetsk police station on June 6 to report that she lost contact with her husband, born in 1979, at about 09:00 in the morning on June 4, 2016.

She said her husband is an OSCE SMM driver. He left the militant-controlled town of Stakhanov in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic by bus, heading for Donetsk region to pick up his Suzuki car he was planning to use to return home.

The woman reported that her husband had not returned by June 6, all his mobile phones were switched off.

Read alsoOSCE employee reportedly illegally held in DonetskThe OSCE SMM issued a statement then, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of its employee and stating that it was "in contact with the relevant actors to resolve this matter."

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