"Currently [we] initiated an investigation into involvement of Russian servicemen detained near Shchastia in terrorist activities. During the investigation we received data on possible involvement of officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation in terrorist activities. At this time, [we] started investigation regarding this fact," he said.
On May 16, GRU servicemen Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev were detained by Ukrainian soldiers near Shchastia. On May 20 they were notified of suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities as part of the "LPR".
In a conversation with the OSCE SMM observers the Russian commandos admitted that they had previously went on missions to Eastern Ukraine under the instructions of the military leadership of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that they expected the release of the detained Russian citizens in Ukraine, noting that Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were "former" Russian military. Putin's spokesman Peskov also demanded the release of the Russian soldiers.