Sunday 11 December 2016

Ukrainian court extends detention for Russian servicemen

Published 29/09/2015 | 14:55

Yevgeny Yerofeyev, left, and Alexander Alexandrov during a trial hearing in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP)
Yevgeny Yerofeyev, left, and Alexander Alexandrov during a trial hearing in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP)

A Kiev court has extended the detention of two Russian servicemen captured in eastern Ukraine in May, ruling that they will remain in jail for at least two more months.

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Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev have acknowledged being Russian servicemen and said they were on a reconnaissance mission. Russia's Defence Ministry, however, said they had resigned from active duty in December.

Russia has denied sending troops to Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting government troops since April 2014. At least 8,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Yerofeyev told journalists during a break in the court session he was under constant pressure from investigators to provide information.

The court also turned down a defence request to move the trial to eastern Ukraine. No trial date has been set.

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