Captured Russian soldiers charged with terrorism in UkraineComments
Two Russian soldiers have been charged in Ukraine with terrorism offences after being captured by Ukrainian troops earlier in the week.
The pair who admitted working for the Russian military could face up to 15 years in prison.
After interviewing the soldiers at a military hospital in Kiev, Michael Bociurkiw, spokesperson for the OSCE special monitoring mission to Ukraine said:
“Both individuals claimed that they were members of a unit of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and that they were on a reconnaissance mission and that they had been to Ukraine on missions before.”
The Kremlin has once again denied its involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine and said they would take the necessary steps to get its two citizens freed.
Vladimir Putin says Moscow is making efforts toward release of 2 Russians from Ukraine http://t.co/VnXpuAyiRtpic.twitter.com/VRvEU3HdQO— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 22, 2015
On Friday, Ukraine`s parliament voted to suspend what remains of military cooperation with Russia as three Ukrainian soliders were killed and 12 wounded in the latest fighting with separatists in the east, further eroding a three-month-old ceasefire.
Meanwhile Amnesty International has accused both sides of carrying out war crimes.
Prisoners on both sides tortured and murdered in eastern Ukraine, says Amnesty http://t.co/dGqsEnoT8Wpic.twitter.com/kaJrqH4DGj— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) May 22, 2015
Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Chief for Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia told a media briefing:
“Torture and severe acts are taking place, often by both sides of the conflict. The methods are very different: people are beaten, imprisoned with hoods over their heads, sometimes they are left like this for a long times Sometimes they are hung from the ceiling and given electric shocks.”