MOSCOW– All Russian paratroopers who were detained earlier in the week in eastern Ukraine have been handed over to the Russian side, Russia’s deputy commander of the Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksey Ragozin has confirmed.
Ragozin said that the negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed, and all ended well, according to (Russia Today).
“The most important thing – all the guys are now back with us, in Russia. I want to emphasize that we never abandon our own,” he added.
From the very first minute the patrol was caught after accidentally crossing the border the Russian side was doing everything possible to secure their release, Ragozin said.
“I consider it unacceptable that for so many days our soldiers were held by the Ukrainian side and, moreover, were transferred to Kiev,” he stated.
“At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who found themselves on the territory of Russia, after the provision of comprehensive care by the relevant authorities were immediately transferred back to Ukraine.” –QNA