"I want to refute all the gossip and innuendo. We are talking about the citizens of the Russian Federation. They are already testifying. The investigators are working with them. And we confidently declare that in this case we are talking about the Russian military," Adviser to the head of the SBU Markiian Lubkivskyi said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday, responding to a question about the reliability of the information that the detainees are employees of the so-called "LPR" police".
Lubkivskyi noted that as of right now, none of relatives or officials have tried to contact the Ukrainian side on the issue of the detention of the two men.
"They have been detained and are now in Kyiv, they are receiving medical care... Relatives have not initiated contact yet ... We are going to provide the detainees with opportunity to communicate with their relatives," he said.