Detained Russian officer asks Putin not to disown his soldiers

22:00, 13 August 2015
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The Security Service of Ukraine has published a video of Vladimir Starkov, detained in Donbass in late July, urging Russian President Vladimir Putin not disown his troops and asking him to admit Starkov Russian officer.

Screenshot from video

"For 19 years I have served in the Russian army, and now they disown me," said the Russian officer.

Starkove once again claims that he is the officer of the Russian Army, on active duty.

He stressed that “special” people ought to be deployed to conduct such operations.

"I am not a terrorist, I’ve not come here to kill people, so I did not resist during the arrest. Ukraine did not declare war against us, we haven’t, either. Therefore I ask everyone to acknowledge that I'm a military serviceman and help with my transfer to Russia," he said.

Read alsoMoscow orders proxies in Donbas to capture Ukrainian officers for swap – SBU The video in Russian can be seen below.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's border guards detained Vladimir Starkov, Russian officer, a Major from a rocket-artlliery unit on July 25, as he was driving in a military truck full of ammunition near the Russian proxies’ stronghold of Donetsk.

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