All Russian paratroopers who were detained on the territory of Ukraine after accidentally crossing the border have returned to Russia, Major-General Alexei Ragozin, deputy commander of the Russian Air Landing Troops, said.
"The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed and everything ended well. The main thing is that the guys are now with us, in Russia. We don't abandon our people," Ragozin said.
The Russian authorities have done everything to speed up the paratroopers' return to Russia from the first minutes of their detention, Ragozin said. "Our guys are upset about what has happened. All of them will receive the psychological and other assistance they need. I believe it is unacceptable that our servicemen have been held in Ukraine for so many days. Moreover, they were sent to Kyiv," he said.
"At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian troops who found themselves on the territory of Russia are immediately handed over to Ukraine by the appropriate authorities after receiving comprehensive assistance," Ragozin said.
"However, I want to reiterate: we don't abandon our people. Our guys will be fine," he said.
According to earlier reports, the Russian servicemen got lost, crossed an unmarked section of the Russian-Ukrainian border and were detained by Ukrainian Security Service officials on August 25.
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