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The contact with the soldier was lost in the area of Zolote. According to the ATO press center, the troops were returning from the hospital to their base but around 16:00 they strayed off the path and accidentally drove into the territory, controlled by the Russian-backed militants.

It is now known that the hostages have been taken to Luhansk.

Read alsoHandover of bodies of killed Ukraine troops at Svitlodarsk Arc: details"Around 16:00 December 26, 2016, in the area of Zolote checkpoint, two soldiers of the military unit, which serving in Luhansk, were returning by car from the hospital, strayed from the route and got into the territory, controlled by the militants," reads the statement by the ATO Staff.

Earlier, the SBU reported that 110 people remain hostage in the militant-occupied territory of Ukraine and another 10 people are being held hostage in Russia.