Russia still does not allow 116 Ukrainian soldiers and border guards, who on Monday were forced to step back into its territory, to return to Ukraine, National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.
“Out of 311 people, who were forced to cross the border, the first part, namely 195 military, had already gone to Ukraine. Concerning the second part negotiations are still underway, the military are not released and are in the territory of the Russian Federation,” Lysenko said.
A reminder that a column of unarmed Ukrainian servicemen, while returning from Russia, was fired by terrorists, however, without losses. “The provocation was made with a view to accuse the Ukrainian military that allegedly there are traitors. It is not true,” Lysenko emphasized.