U.S.urged pro-Russian separatists to release UN staff member captured in Donbas

U.S.urged pro-Russian separatists to release UN staff member captured in DonbasU.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Samantha Power has urged to liberate UN staff member, who earlier was captured by separatists in Donbas.

"We also note the great work done by UN staff, again at significant personal risk, as evidenced by the detention of a UN staff member by Russian-backed separatists since April 8th – a staff member who should be released immediately and unconditionally," she said during a UN Security Council session on Thursday evening.

According to the U.S. diplomat, all members of the Council recognize the critically important work OSCE teams are carrying out in the field, often at significant personal risk, as illustrated by the recent attacks on OSCE monitors.

Previously the United Nations has called for the immediate release of its staff member, who was captured by militants in Donetsk on April 8.
"The United Nations is deeply concerned about the fact that one of its staff members is being held captive in Donetsk. The UN has mobilized all channels to ensure his immediate and unconditional release," the UN press service said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

According to the information available to the organization, its staff member is being treated well.

The UN appeals to all parties, including the media, to respect the staff member and his family in this sensitive phase of the discussion around his release," the statement reads.
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