Ukraine accused of abducting two Russian soldiers

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 22 Nov 2016, 11:44:53

Ukraine abducted two soldiers from Crimea, says Russia

Russia has accused Ukraine of abducting two of its servicemen from the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed in 2014, the BBC reports on Tuesday.

The Russian defence ministry said the men were "illegally detained" on Sunday.

Ukraine says the pair is deserter, who defected to Russia from the Ukrainian military after Crimea was annexed in 2014.

Russia called their arrest "another act of gross provocation" and called for their "immediate return".

The men have been named as Ensign Maxim Evgenyevich Oditsov and Junior Sergeant Alexander Vyacheslavovich Baranov.

Russia said they were taken from Crimea to Ukraine's Mykolaiv region.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said the detainees were apprehended after crossing into Ukrainian-controlled territory.

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