Red Cross staff detained in east Ukraine: Rebel official

Unknown gunmen burst into the Red Cross office in Donetsk and took seven people.


Afp May 10, 2014
A Ukrainian soldier secures an area outside the southern city of Odessa on May 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

DONETSK: Several members of the Red Cross have been arrested in the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on suspicion of espionage, a spokesman for the insurgents told AFP on Saturday.

"They were arrested yesterday. We suspect they were engaged in espionage and we are currently checking these accusations," said Kiril Rudenko, deputy spokesman for the self-proclaimed "People's Republic of Donetsk".

The spokesperson was not able to confirm whether a foreigner was among those held.

According to a local website, Novosti Donbassa, unknown gunmen burst into the Red Cross office in Donetsk and took seven people, including one French national, three local men and three from Kiev.

The seven people, all men, are being held in the regional administration headquarters, the website claimed.

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