SBU officers captured by Donbas self-defense force

SBU officers from Kiev are being interrogated in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, Rossia 24 channel reported on Sunday.

Three officers of the Alfa special unit of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) were caught in neighboring Horlivka. Their tasks were on-the-ground reconnaissance and the abduction of a leader of the self-defense force in the city.

They were caught in the approaches to Horlivka and taken to the headquarters of the self-defense in Sloviansk late at night. They were caught by members of the team whose commander was supposed to be abducted and secretly taken to Kiev.

The commander of self-defense team Igor Strelkov said that the officers "were captured during a combat mission and offered resistance."

According to the TV report, the officers said they had been forced to agree to the mission. Each of them has a family in Kiev. In case of refusal they could have been threatened.

The self-defense force HQ noted that the officers will get the status of prisoners-of-war and attempts will be made to exchange them for activists of Donbas home guard arrested by the Ukrainian authorities.

Meanwhile, the SBU press service has confirmed the capture of special force officers who "were fulfilling a mission to detain a citizen of the Russian Federation suspected of the murder of Horlivka city council deputy Volodymyr Rybak."

The press service said the officers were captured on Saturday evening.

The Donetsk region prosecutor's office has launched criminal proceedings in relation to the illegal obstruction of the operations of law enforcers. The HQ of the antiterrorist operation has been instructed to free them.

On April 19 the dead body of a man was discovered Sloviansk. Later he was identified as Horlivka city council deputy Rybak.

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