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Special Report: Russian fighters, caught in Ukraine, cast adrift by Moscow

 Reuters 08 June 2019

In the face of widespread evidence to the contrary, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said there are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine – only volunteers who have gone to help the separatists of their own accord. But the testimonies of two injured Russian soldiers who have been captured in eastern Ukraine suggest otherwise. They claim they were sent there on active duty with Russian special forces. Disowned at home, the men stand accused by Ukrainian authorities of being terrorists. Reuters investigates in this Special Report filed from Kiev. (1494 Words) - By Maria Tsvetkova

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A man, according to Ukraine's state security service (SBU) is named Yevgeny Yerofeyev and is one of two Russian servicemen recently detained by Ukrainian forces, is examined by medics at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, May 28, 2019.  Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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