None of the ATO soldiers, who, after exhaustion of ammunition, were forced to move into the territory of Russia, did not apply for asylum in the Russian Federation.
Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said this at a briefing on Monday.
“There really are representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the State Border Guard Service, but there are no reports that they have allegedly asked for some kind of asylum,” Lysenko emphasized.
According to him, contacts are maintained with the soldiers “through diplomatic channels.” “Our representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently working with them, there are negotiations on how to get them back to the territory of Ukraine,” Lysenko said.
At the same time, Lysenko did not mention the exact number of security forces, who were forced to step back to the territory of Russia. However, he noted that “most of the soldiers successfully performed the task of the ATO command and went to a safe place to be sent to fighting efficiency resumption centers.”
A reminder that RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) that tonight 438 Ukrainian soldiers crossed into the territory of the Russian Federation, “having destroyed their weapons and ammunition depots.” According to the Kremlin mouthpiece, the men sought asylum in Russia.
At the same time, according to the ATO press-center, a group of soldiers from the 72nd Motorized Brigade was forced to retreat to the territory of Russia after they ran out of ammunition in a battle with the terrorists.