Released Estonian OSCE Observer Returns Home, 2nd Team Released ({{commentsTotal}})

Retired colonel Tõnis Asson, who was part of a OSCE observing mission in eastern Ukraine, arrived in Estonia on Saturday, after being detained by separatists a month ago.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet thanked all who helped to secure the release of Asson and three other team members, adding that the mission is playing a key role in defusing the situation, but due to security concerns, the number of observers in the area has been decreased.

Asson said the conditions were good and the captors stance towards them was good, and they were fed well.

Separatists released a second group of OSCE observers on Sunday, captured a few days after Asson's team.