As the fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, where separatists have launched a new offensive, Kiev arrested Monday in its territory a group of Russian paratroopers and has released a video. The Russian Defense Ministry made no official comment, but a source confirmed the news agency that soldiers and probably crossed the border “by mistake”.
Security Service of Ukraine reported having captured 10 Russian soldiers near Zerkalni town (about 50 miles southeast of Donetsk) and showed their photos and a video that questioned, who called Dmitri Smirnov that they learned that they were in Ukraine when they saw a tank with a flag of that country.
“We accompanied a motorized column,” said Smirnov, who serves in the 331 Regiment of the 98th Airborne Division RUSSIAN adding that he had left his armored Cunado with other Ukrainian soldiers started shooting at them.
The official Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the news on condition of anonymity said the soldiers were patrolling a sector of the border and said that Ukrainian territory became ” probably by chance, in a unmarked zone”. “To our knowledge, not resisted ” at the time of his arrest, he said, noting that more than five hundred Ukrainians have crossed the last time the border of Russia, and some of them have become ” armed and armored “.
“We have never mounted fuss about it and have returned to the territory of Ukraine in a safe place,” said the source. Kiev said it had opened a criminal case against the Russian soldiers who were ” arrested with personal documents and weapons.”
Ukrainians also say their troops have failed to stop the advance of the armored column of the separatists who approached the city of Mariupol. Meanwhile, the rebels say they are developing an offensive in several directions.
The incident involving Russian paratroopers captured by Kiev comes just hours before in Minsk summit of the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia (member countries of the Customs Union), with the participation of three representatives of the European Union begins and President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. That sometime this summit meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected, although the bilateral meeting has not been confirmed yet.