November 22, 2016 / 9:31 AM / 2 years ago

Russia says detention of its soldiers near Crimea was 'provocation'

MINSK (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Ukraine’s detention of two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea was “a provocation.”

Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak attends a news conference dedicated to the recent detention of two Russian servicemen, whom Ukraine's authorities regard as deserters from the Ukrainian army, with a screen showing one of the detainees according to SBU, in Kiev, Ukraine, November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian security services detained two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea on Monday. Kiev said the men were deserters from the Ukrainian army detained on Ukrainian-controlled territory, while Moscow claimed they were seized in Crimea.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Jack Stubbs

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