Ukrainian investigators have officially notified two Russian military servicemen captured recently near Shchastya, the Lugansk region, of being suspected of setting up a terrorist group or organization, Markiyan Lubkivsky, an adviser to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) chief, said on Facebook on May 20.
"I am informing you that Ukrainian investigators on the evening of May 19 personally notified Capt. Yerofeyev and Sgt. Alexandrov, servicemen of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, of being suspected of committing crimes covered by Ukrainian Criminal Code Article 258.3, based on involvement in terrorist activities of the so-called LPR [the self-proclaimed Lugansk people's republic]," Lubkivsky said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on May 18 that Alexandrov and Yerofeyev captured in the Lugansk region on May 18 "had not been active servicemen of the Russian armed forces as of the moment of their detention on May 17 this year."
"We checked the information on the Ukrainian side - these guys did in fact previously serve in the Russian armed forces and have military skills. Moreover, I can confirm that we were contacted by the Association of Special Forces Veterans who asked us to contact the Ukrainian General Staff through official channels in order to stop torturing their wounded fellow members by SBU officers to obtain the desired evidence," Konashenkov said.
He recalled that during the ongoing civil war in southeastern Ukraine, "tens and even hundreds of Ukrainian military servicemen and fighters from the so-called 'territorial' battalions were repeatedly held" in Russia.
"They were treated fully in accordance with the international regulations and after being provided with necessary assistance all of them freely returned to their families within a short period of time," Konashenkov stressed.
"We are hoping for wisdom of the Ukrainian government and a swift release of Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev," the spokesperson said.
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