August 26, 2014
National Security and Defense Council about Russian soldiers captured at Ukrainian territory
This was reported during daily press briefing in Kyiv by Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Information and Analytics Centre of National Security and Defense Council.
A joint group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Secret Service of Ukraine arrested 10 servicemen of the Russian airborne forces from the military unit #71211, regiment 331, division 98, near the village of Dzerkalne in Donetsk oblast.
The Russians, who were detained together with their personal documents and weapons, have already testified.
According to the servicemen, their battalion was relocated by railway to Rostov oblast in Russia on August 23, 2014, and around 3 a.m. on August 24 the department was raised on alarm and was given orders to march in a column consisting of several dozen BMD infantry vehicles. Only the officers were informed that the Russian servicemen would invade Ukrainian territory.
A criminal case has been opened due to this invasion.
Later Russian mass media reported that servicemen of their country crossed Ukrainian border by occasion.