Ukrainian Defense Ministry told the details of the detention of the two servicemen Maxim Odintsov and Aleksandr Barabanov on the administrative border with the annexed Crimea. The speaker of the Defense Ministry Oleksandr Motuzyanyk reported on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The Defense Ministry underlined that the servicemen crossed the administrative border themselves and the document check showed that they are Ukrainian deserters, who came down to the side of Russian Armed Forces during annexation of the Crimea.
“Yesterday on one of the checkpoints on the border between the occupied Crimea and Kherson region Ukrainian security forces detained two men heading from the territory of the Crimea. The document checks showed that they are former military men of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who broke the oath of fealty to Ukraine and switch over to the Russian Armed Forces. We disprove the next Russian fake that it was the so-called sabotage-reconnaissance group hunting Russian occupational contingent in the Crimea. The detention took place on the territory of Ukraine in strict correspondence with the Ukrainian Criminal law,” announced Motuzyanyk.
Earlier, November 21, the Security Service of Ukraine claimed about the arrest of two deserters on the border with Crimea, who went to serve in the Russian army after the annexation of the peninsula. Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian special services of the alleged kidnapping and moving to Ukraine two Russian servicemen Maksim Odintsov and Alexandr Baranov. Later, Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, reported that the two were actually detained on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea. The SBU specified that they crossed the Ukrainian border and were detained at Chongar checkpoint in Kherson region. Both men are accused of defection and state treason, under the respective articles of Ukraine’s criminal code.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says the servicemen crossed the border with Ukraine at their own will.
The central district court of Mykolaiv city, southern Ukraine, arrested two former Ukrainian army servicemen. Under the court decision, they can be released on bail worth of 10 to 14 thousand U.S. dollars respectively.