"I am a military serviceman. Unit 65246 (located in Novocherkassk, the communications regiment and the training center of the Russian Aerospace Forces)," Ageyev told TSN.

He also confirmed that in March 2017 he came to Russia’s Rostov region bordering with Ukraine and signed a contract for service in the Armed Forces of Russia. According to him, only four days into being stationed at the base, he signed a contract and was almost immediately deployed to Donbas.

At the same time, Ageyev suggested that other Russian servicemen [from his unit] were deployed along with him “in another batch, so to speak." “I was brought here and Alex as well [group commander Alexander Scherba, who was killed in the shootout during the liquidation of their recon group]. "

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Read alsoMother of Russian soldier captured by Ukraine troops insists he didn't retireAs UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian contractor Ageyev was detained by Ukrainian soldiers as part of the sabotage reconnaissance group of the militants, which was neutralized on June 24 outside Zholobok in Luhansk region.

Ageyev’s mother, his friends, and former fellow servicemen confirmed to journalists that after a draft service, he remained in the army under a contract he had signed in March 2017.

In turn, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that the Russian national captured in Luhansk region had been "discharged" from military service a year before.