Ukrainian border guards abducted by Russia's FSB charged with illegal border crossing

15:20, 12 October 2017
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The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has accused the Ukrainian border guards abducted near the town of Bryansk of illegal border crossing, the press service of the FSB told UNIAN.

"The servicemen of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine detained on October 3 are charged with violation of the border in the framework of the case initiated under the article "Illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation" the FSB said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that October 3 the two servicemen went missing as they were monitoring the section of the state border in Sumy region.

Read alsoRussian courts arrests for 2 months Ukrainian border guards earlier gone missing near Russia borderAt the same time, Russian media reported on the alleged detention of two "border violators" by Russian border guards, and that the detainees identified themselves as border guards of the Sumy detachment.

On October 4, the Russian side confirmed they had detained two Ukrainian citizens who claimed to be servicemen of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian side has already requested assistance in the case from the OSCE and the Commissioner for Human Rights.

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