Ukraine frees 10 Russian soldiers caught in its territory

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 11:17:00 by
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Ukraine has released 10 Russian soldiers who were arrested a week ago after illegally crossing the border, it was announced today Alexei Ragozin, deputy commander of the Russian Airborne Forces. “The negotiations were not easy. Yet common sense reigned and all ended well. The main thing is that the kids are already with us in Russia. Want to stress that we will never abandon our ” pointed the Russian general local agencies. In return, Russia has delivered 63 Kiev Ukrainian soldiers who crossed the border on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, said this week that the Ukrainian leader, Petro Poroshenko, had promised to free the Russian soldiers, who crossed the border by mistake, according to the Kremlin.

The Security Service of Ukraine reported a week ago have captured ten Russian soldiers near the town of Zerkalni (about 50 miles southeast of Donetsk) and showed them photos and a video in which the interviewee, who called Dmitri Smirnov, learned that they were in Ukraine when they saw a tank with a flag of that country. In a press conference held on Wednesday in Kiev, the paratroopers sure they embarked themselves for what they thought was a routine training and knew they were not to be detained in Ukraine. In fact, nine of the ten soldiers claimed to have no combat experience.

However, Kiev reported his capture on August 26th and accused them of being on a “special mission” to support pro-Russian rebels in the country’s eastern regions, which Moscow refused, ensuring that his troops had been diverted by error.

After his release, Ragozin has insisted that “from the first minutes of his arrest did everything possible to quickly get her back home. Our guys regret that this happened. All of them will be given counseling and other type necessary,” he added.

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”.

As for the 63 Ukrainian military, Rogozin explained that they were transferred to border crossing Nejoteevka from camp erected temporary shelter for them in the Rostov region. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow had already agreed with Kiev delivering soldiers, stressing that they crossed the border by mistake, since in this area is not checked.

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