Captured Russian soldier Ageyev meets mother, says ignored by Russian officials
Mother of Viktor Ageyev, the Russian contracted soldier earlier captured by Ukrainian forces in Luhansk region after a shootout with a sabotage recon group he was part of, has met her son, Novaya Gazeta’s special correspondent Pavel Kanygin reported by phone from Ukraine’s Starobelsk in Luhansk region.
“Earlier this morning, Svetlana Ageyeva and I arrived by train to Kharkiv, from there we went straight to Starobelsk by car. Here, Corporal Viktor Ageyev is being held in a pre-trial detention facility,” Pavel Kanygin wrote.
“We went inside, where everything went down according to the protocol. Svetlana Viktorovna wrote an appeal for a visit, after which the meeting was held. First, the mother saw her son in the presence of reporters, including those from foreign media, and now Svetlana Ageyeva is talking to her son in private. That is, promises have been fulfilled,” the journalist added.
He also said that the mother was allowed to leave a parcel with some sweets and clothes for Viktor Ageyev, who Kanygin says looks good, but “it shows that he is very worried.”
Read alsoMoscow disowns contracted serviceman AgeyevThe reporter learned that none of the representatives of Russian authorities, including the Russian Consul (although there is a Russian Consulate in Kharkiv), have visited the detainee over a month he has been in custody despite Svetlana’s earlier appeal to the Russian leadership for help in the case of her son.
Read alsoUkrainian envoy advises Ageyev's mother to ask Putin to pardon UkrainiansThe meeting was organized by officials from the Ukrainian presidential administration and the Security Service of Ukraine, to whom Ageyev’s mother has already expressed gratitude.
Read alsoDetainee Ageyev captured in Donbas confirms being Russia’s "contracted serviceman"Ageyeva had also been worried that she would face aggressive attitudes while in Ukraine. However, despite the fact that her son is now being accused of serious crimes, his mother is treated well and provided necessary assistance.