Captured Russian soldiers (May 2015)

Captured Russian soldiers

The Russians were wounded and taken prisoner near the front line town of Shchastia in the Luhansk region on Sunday.

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko on Monday (May 18) accused two captured Russian servicemen of participating in the killing of a Ukrainian soldier and said they would be prosecuted for "terrorist actions", Reuters reports.

"Near Shchastya in Luhansk region, two servicemen of the Russian Federation, two citizens of this country with weapons and in the capacity of servicemen of the Russian Federation, committed a crime of the terrorist nature on our territory, on the territory of Ukraine. They were detained, arrested and brought to the investigators,"

Aleksandr Aleksandrov

Yevgeniy Yerofeyev

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian side is doing everything its power for the release of Alexandrov and Yerofeyev.


On Friday the OSCE and Human Rights Watch officials both reported that the prisoners are being treated well in a Kyiv hospital.

Ukrainian investigators have accused the two Russian soldiers, recently captured near the town Shchastya in the Luhansk region, of setting up a terrorist unit
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