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 Return of Ukrainian soldier Maksym Shliakhovyi apprehended in Russia to be resolved today or tomorrow, - Ukraine’s General Staff

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has confirmed that Ukrainian military Maksym Shliakhovyi was indeed apprehended on the territory of the Russian Federation. It is yet unclear how he got there.

Head of the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vladyslav Selezniov told Ukrinform, Censor.NET reports.

The administrative offence report will most likely be drawn up with regard to the military for illegal crossing of the border while his return to Ukraine could take place "today or tomorrow".

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"Our serviceman Maksym Shliakhovyi was indeed apprehended by the Russian side. All measures are now taken to bring him back as soon as possible. The issue is likely to be associated with the administrative offence report drawn up for illegal crossing of the border," Selezniov said commenting on the detention of the Ukrainian military in the territory of the Russian Federation.

The General Staff spokesman said that the military served in one of the detachments near the village of Milove located on the border with Russia. In this case, the serviceman is a local resident and the detachment was stationed there before the start of the ATO.

According to Selezniov, the agency check of the circumstances of the Ukrainian military apprehension is currently underway.

At the same time, he called the statements of the Russian side that the apprehended military allegedly had got no ID on him groundless.

"The Russians claim that he allegedly had got no ID, which is nonsense, to put it mildly. If he had got no ID, he would have been unable to cross the border from the Ukrainian side - our border guards would not just let him through," the spokesman said.

The General Staff expressed hope that the Ukrainian military would return in Ukraine soon. "I think this issue will be resolved today or tomorrow," Selezniov said.

 
 
 
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