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Kremlin sees no need to comment on reports of Russian officer detained in east Ukraine

July 29, 2015, 20:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In previous comments, Peskov said that the Kremlin was not going to check rumours about the detention of Russian servicemen in Donbas
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MOSCOW, July 29 /TASS/. Kremlin does not see the need to comment Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) reports about the detention of a Russian officer in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"No, there is nothing more I can say," Peskov told journalists on Wednesday. "We have issued plenty of comments to this effect. There is nothing more I can add to what has already been said many times," the Kremlin spokesperson said.

In previous comments, Peskov said that the Kremlin was not going to check rumours about the detention of Russian servicemen in Donbas. "The presidential administration does not think that it should check (such reports). It is not the presidential administration’s theme. You should not address this question to us," Peskov told journalists.

He advised reporters to turn to the Russian Defense Ministry for explanations. "There are no and there have never been Russian troops in Donbas. We and the Defense Ministry have repeated many times that there are no Russian military in Donbas," the Kremlin spokesman said.

He explained that the presence of Russian nationals in southeast Ukraine should not be associated with Russian military presence in the region. "Citizens of all countries, including Ukraine, Russia and European states, can be there," Peskov told journalists during previous meetings.

"But there are no Russian armed forces [in Ukraine] though our colleagues in Ukraine, Europe and Washington keep saying that there are," Peskov said. He pledged that the Russian authorities would do everything possible to release Russians who have been detained in Ukraine.

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