Moscow confirmed to Russian news agencies the soldiers were Russian, but said they had wandered into Ukraine unintentionally. "These servicemen did indeed participate in patrolling a section of Russian-Ukrainian border, and crossed it probably by accident at an unequipped and unmarked section…
Ukraine released videotaped interrogations of Russian soldiers it said were captured inside its borders, in a fresh irritant to talks on Tuesday as the presidents of Russia and Ukraine try to hammer out a peace deal in the Belarus capital of Minsk.
One of the soldiers said they knew they were heading into Ukraine, but another said they thought they were on an exercise inside the Russian border. "They started shooting at us, and my vehicle blew up," said one. "Then I knew this wasn't an exercise; it wasn't just a march.
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