It became known where Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh are held in Russia after the statement that they have allegedly testified about the participation of Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk in the Chechen campaign. Adviser to the Deputy Defense Minister Vasyl Budyk said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports.
"As you may have seen the statement of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, it turned out that two our guys have testified that Mr. Prime Minister took part in combat operations. Accordingly, this information has been immediately spread by all the media. But this has become evidence for us that two our citizens were abducted, while all our attempts to establish contact, to find them over a year, failed. Either consuls or the lawyers have not been permitted to meet with the guys. Now, after this statement has been made, we understand where the guys are and that they are fine. From that moment, we have employed all international mechanisms for the return of our citizens in our country. We were just assuming where they may had been. All attempts to send lawyers or organize a visit of the consul in order to observe this case, to take part in it, failed for Russia blankly denied the presence of two our guys оn its territory," he said.
He noted that it was still not known how many Ukrainians were held in captivity by Russia.
"Unfortunately, we do not have reliable information, because the Russian Federation has introduced the "iron curtain" to prevent any attempt to investigate the presence of our guys in the territory of Russia," he added.