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Russian citizens detained in Donbas can be visited by consul no earlier than in July — SBU

June 01, 2015, 19:30 UTC+3 KIEV
Ukraine’s Security Service advisor assured that the detained Russian citizens "have been provided with medical assistance"
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Reporters look at the TV screen showing Alexander Alexandrov

Reporters look at the TV screen showing Alexander Alexandrov

© AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

KIEV, June 1. /TASS/. Russian diplomatic mission’s staff in Ukraine will be able to visit fellow nationals detained in Donbas not earlier than in a month, Ukraine’s Security Service advisor Markiyan Lubkovskiy said on Monday.

Lubkovskiy wrote on his Facebook page that the Russian consul may be allowed to meet with the arrested persons no earlier than in a month or two since the last visit "taking into consideration the significant amount of effort that the investigators need to carry out."

He assured that the detained Russian citizens "have been provided with medical assistance."

The Russian consul in Ukraine met with the Russian nationals detained in Ukraine in a Kiev hospital only once on May 26. "The Russian side had sought the meeting for more than a week," the Russian embassy’s press service stressed.

Russian nationals Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were detained by Ukraine’s SBU in the Lugansk region. The Ukrainian authorities claimed that the persons were allegedly Russian servicemen.

The Russian Defense Ministry later stressed that the Russian citizens were not active servicemen of the country’s armed forces at the moment when they were detained.

The leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, said that Alexandrov and Yerofeyev were members of the LPR’s people’s militias adding that their names were the first ones on the list for the prisoner swap. He noted that Kiev could use the detention for provocations.

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