European security watchdog loses contact with team in Ukraine

Smoke billows from Donetsk international airport during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces on May 26, 2014. European security watchdog OSCE said on Tuesday it had lost contact with one of its teams of monitors near the town
Smoke billows from Donetsk international airport during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces on May 26, 2014. European security watchdog OSCE said on Tuesday it had lost contact with one of its teams of monitors near the town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants are clashing with Kiev government forces. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VIENNA (REUTERS) - European security watchdog OSCE said on Tuesday it had lost contact with one of its teams of monitors near the town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants are clashing with Kiev government forces.

The four-strong international team was on a routine patrol east of Donetsk when contact was lost on Monday evening, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said.

"We have been unable to re-establish communication until now," it said in a statement.