He said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"We have received information that the attempt on Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov was planned to be committed during their escorting," Anatolii Matios said.
He added that the foreign intelligence agencies made a decision to eliminate the Russian servicemen as it was impossible to abduct them.
Acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Sevruk said that a possible assassination attempt on the life of Russian servicemen Yevgeniy Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov was reported in early March. That is why they were not brought to one of the hearings.
As reported earlier, Russian commandos Yevgeniy Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov were captured in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in the vicinity of Shchastia in the Luhansk region May 16, 2015 during an attempt to seize a strategic bridge. One Ukrainian soldier was killed and three more were injured as a result of that clash. One of the detainees was shot in the arm, the other one in the leg. The soldiers were brought to hospital in Kyiv and underwent surgery May 29.
May 19, the Ukrainian investigators served the detainees notice of suspicion of committing crimes under Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine for participation in terrorist activities of the so-called "LPR", and then the Shevchenko district court in Kyiv imposed a pretrial detention on them.
Oct. 15, the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases held that the Russians would be tried by the Holosiivskyi district court in Kyiv. The trial on the merits started Nov. 10.
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