Russia is holding 46 Ukrainian officers and wresting an admission of guilt from them that they shelled Russian territory.
Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said this at a briefing on Thursday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“Eighteen officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and 28 border guards are still held on Russian territory. All this time Russian investigators have forced a confession from the Ukrainians that they deliberately fired at Russian territory. According to operational information, criminal cases have been opened against 18 of our servicemen,” he said.
Lysenko said that Ukrainian military were demanding a meeting with Ukrainian diplomats. He said that Ukraine’s consul general in Rostov-on-Don had tried to meet with his compatriots and clarify grounds for their detention, but the Russian side had refused the meeting.