(London Daily Mail) A group of international military observers captured by pro-Russian rebels are being held as ‘human shields’, according to the Ukrainian government.

Kiev said the eight foreigners, who were in Ukraine to gather information about the worsening security situation, were being detained in ‘inhuman’ conditions.

But last night the hostages were denounced by their captors as NATO spies. The escalating tension heightened fears of an imminent Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine.

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