He stated this in a hearing at the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv during the examination of material evidence presented by the prosecution, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
According to Yerofeyev, VSS Vintorez (silent sniper rifle for special forces units) seized from him immediately after the clash by the Ukrainian military does not belong to him.
As previously reported, the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv proceeded with the case against the Russian GRU officers Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov.
It should be reminded that servicemen of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were captured by the Ukrainian soldiers near Shchastia, the Luhansk region, May 16. They were served notice of suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities as part of the so-called "LPR" May 20.
The Shevchenko district court in Kyiv put Sergeant Alexander Aleksandrov and Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev into custody for two months May 22.
In a conversation with the OSCE SMM observers, the Russian commandos admitted that they had previously visited eastern Ukraine with combat missions on behalf of the military leadership of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the agency expected release of the detained Russian citizens in Ukraine noting that captured Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were "former" Russian military. In turn, Putin's spokesman Peskov demanded the release of Russian servicemen.