Russia had been planning the abduction of Ukrainian border guards Bohdan Martson and Ihor Dziubak for two months before they disappeared, Ukrainska Pravda informs with a reference to their sources in the law enforcement.
It is said that the abduction had been a special operation by the Russian security services, and the law enforcement of Ukraine believes the aim was to exchange the abducted Ukrainians for Russians detained in Ukraine.
Moreover, press secretary of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleh Slobodian says that the grass not far away from the car, which the border guards were driving, was flattened, which leads to a conclusion there was an ambush.
“The border is guarded 24 hours a day. Martson and Dziubak are on the Command of the department. We can state that they were performing an assignment, as there are corresponding records on the monitoring. They can do it at any given time. However, we don’t know yet what prompted them to be there,” he said.
As it was reported earlier two officers of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine disappeared on October 3 in Sumy region near the border with Russia. On October 4, Russia officially confirmed the detention of the border guards, claiming they had crossed the Russian border. Finally, Russia started hinting at the possibility of exchanging two Ukrainian border guards for Russian FSB border guards but has not yet made an official offer.