Ukraine says video shows Russian soldiers detained in east Ukraine
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 00:43
Ukrainian security services releases video footage purporting to show Russian servicemen who were captured by government forces on the Ukrainian territory. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Ukrainian security services on Monday (August 26) released video footage purporting to show Russian servicemen who were captured by Ukrainian government forces while fighting alongside pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.
The footage, which is likely to fuel allegations from Kiev and its Western allies of Russian involvement in the war, appeared on the day the Russian and Ukrainian leaders are to meet for talks in the Belarussian capital to try to end the conflict.
Russia denies giving military help to the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine's state security service said on Monday it had detained 10 Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory from Russia in a column of several dozen armed infantry vehicles.
In footage posted on the official Facebook page of the Ukrainian government's "anti-terrorist operation," the men were shown dressed in camouflage fatigues.
They identified themselves and listed their personal details, including the name of regiments they served in.
The Russian servicemen were detained with their personal documents and weapons, near the small town of Amvrosiyivka in Donetsk region, the Ukrainian state security service said.
"Officially they are on military exercises in various corners of Russia. In reality they are involved in military aggression against Ukraine," Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey said in a Facebook post.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed reports of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, saying it was "dis-information" by the authorities in Kiev.
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