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KIEV, May 22. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy to Ukraine has got no permission from the Ukrainian side for its diplomats to visit two Russian citizens detained in the troubled Luhansk region, embassy’s public relations officer Oleg Grishin has told Tass.
"Despite all embassy’s efforts, as of 15:00 Moscow time on May 22, the Ukrainian side gave no permission for the Russian consul to visit Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, detained in the Luhansk region," Grishin said.
Deputy commander of the LPR People’s Militia Sergey Kozlov said May 17 that a sabotage and reconnaissance group of Ukrainian servicemen crossed the disengagement line between the Ukrainian army and LPR militiamen - the Seversky Donets River - on May 16 and attacked a watch post of an LPR People’s Militia detached reconnaissance battalion to the east of the city of Schastye.
"During ensuing fighting, two of our servicemen - Yerofeyev Yevgeny Vladimirovich and Alexandrov Alexander Anatolyevich - were wounded and taken prisoner by Ukrainian saboteurs. We assume they will be subjected to torture for the purpose of further provocations," Kozlov said.
Russia’s Defense Ministry on May 18 said it hopes the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) shows prudence and frees the former Russian servicemen detained by the SBU.
"Russian nationals Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, seized by the SBU in the Luhansk Region, were not active servicemen of Russia’s armed forces at the moment when they were detained on May 17," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
"I would like to recall that during the civil war in the southeast of Ukraine, tens and even hundreds of Ukrainian servicemen and fighters of the so-called ‘territorial’ battalions have been repeatedly detained on the territory of the Russian Federation," Konashenkov said.
"Their treatment was fully in line with international norms and after being provided required assistance, all of them soon freely returned to their near and dear ones. We hope for prudence of the Ukrainian leadership and the soonest possible release of Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev," he said.