Russia's GRU officers Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were captured on May 16, 2015 in ATO area near Shchastia (Luhansk region) while trying to seize a strategic bridge. As a result of the engagement, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and three were wounded.
The refusal of Russian GRU officers Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev to plead guilty signals successful work by Russia's diplomatic corps representatives.
As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by SBU head adviser Yurii Tandit on air of 112 Ukraine.
"The fact they started to go back on their words yesterday means the representatives of Russia's diplomatic corps treat them in a right way. It's a pity they have not grasped that the main thing is the truth, and the truth is that they really came here, violated Ukrainian laws, committed crimes against the integrity of the nation," Tandit noted.
He expressed hope the Ukrainian court would make a fair decision.
"Of course, the people who committed crimes here are accused of murder and will incur fair punishment," he added.
As previously reported, Nov. 10, Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev said during the trial at the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv they would not plead guilty on any charge against them under the Criminal Code of Ukraine.