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Ukraine to prosecute captured Russian soldiers

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Journalists and an officer watch a video allegedly showing a Russian soldier, captured during recent battles near the Lugansk region town of Schastya before a press conference in the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine in Kiev on May 18

Ukraine has announced it has opened a criminal investigation against two soldiers from Russia, who have over the weekend been captured in eastern Ukraine.

The two wounded men were seized in the town of Shchastya, about 30km from the Russian border.

The head of Ukraine’s security service Vitaliy Naida has told the BBC there is proof the men are Russian troops.

Vitaliy Naida, Ukraine’s security chief, told the BBC he was «absolutely positive» the men were officers from the GRU, the foreign military intelligence branch of Russia’s army.

«We have battle dress uniform, we have automatic rifles that are produced only in the Russian Federation only for Special Forces’ use,» he stated at a press briefing.

Naida announced the men were part of a group of 220 GRU officers deployed to Luhansk on 2 May, while the others have now returned to Russia.

In a video, one of the captured men said he was a sergeant from the central Russian city of Togliatti, where an elite intelligence unit for the Russian army is based.

Russia announced the two men were no longer serving soldiers, while rebels in eastern Ukraine stated the men were policemen from Ukraine’s Luhansk region.

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