This is reported by Censor.NET citing Gazeta.ru.
According to a response of the Ministry of Defense, they served in military in Russia, but came to Ukraine after their dismissal. This is the first documented evidence of their status by the military department. According to their lawyers, the Ministry of Defense has not yet responded to any request of the Ukrainian side.
In June, member of the Human Rights Council under the president of the Russian Federation and the director of the project "The Citizen and the Army" Sergei Krivenko sent a request to the ministry to confirm the official status of sergeant Aleksandrov and captain Yerofeyev, captured in May. Krivenko received a reply from the head of the Military Account Department of the Ministry of Defense Sergei Botsvin. It reads that Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev,captured in Ukraine, had really served in the Russian army. However, the "events linked to their departure from the Russian Federation and further stay on the territory of Ukraine occurred after their dismissal from military service and have nothing to do with it at present."