Danish hostage released in Ukraine

The OSCE observer, captured by pro-Russian rebels a month ago, was let go as part of ongoing peace talks. The foreign ministry said that Danish man was doing well and called for the four remaining OSCE hostages to be released immediately.

Danish hostage released in Ukraine
Unidentified OSCE observers are released by Alexander Borodai (R), leader of the self proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic". Photo: Shamil Zhumatov/Scanpix
A Danish observer from the Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held hostage for a month by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine has now been released.
The foreign ministry confirmed the man’s release in a statement early on Friday.
“We are both relieved and extremely happy that four OSCE observers have been released, including a Danish observer,” Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said. “There are however still an additional four OSCE observers being held in Ukraine. They should also be released immediately. It is completely unacceptable that OSCE’s observation mission in Ukraine cannot be carried out in peace.”
In addition to the Dane, the other three released observers were from Switzerland, Turkey and Estonia. 
The OSCE members were captured in south-east Ukraine on May 26. Their release came as part of peace talks between Kiev, Russia, the OSCE and the pro-Russia insurgents.
On Monday, the insurgents agreed to honour a ceasefire declared by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. 
According to the Guardian newspaper, rebel leader Alexander Borodai said he was “hoping we can facilitate the release of the four remaining observers”.
The foreign ministry reported that the released Danish hostage was doing well under the circumstances and that the ministry was prepared to offer him psychological help. 

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Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

Denmark on Monday reopened its embassy in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced during a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital.

Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

“It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that today we are reopening the doors of the Danish embassy,” Kofod said in a statement.

The move, which follows similar ones by other Western nations, had not been made public in advance.

Denmark closed the embassy following the Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbour.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited Kyiv on April 21st, together with her Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez.

During her visit, Frederiksen announced an additional 600 million Danish 
(81 million euros) in military aid to Ukraine, bringing  Denmark’s total military aid to one billion kroner.

Denmark is the first of the Nordic countries to reopen its embassy in Ukraine.

It will initially operate with limited staffing before gradually returning to normal levels, the foreign ministry said.