18:28 06.08.2014

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urges Russia not to delay return of Ukrainian servicemen

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Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urges Russia not to delay return of Ukrainian servicemen

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said it demands that Russia return Ukrainian servicemen.

Ukraine is ready to meet them at the border and provide safe transfer, deputy director of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry policy and communications department Vasyl Zvarych said at a briefing on Wednesday.

"We are urging the Russia authorities not to delay this," he said.

A total of 192 troops came back to Ukraine earlier, Zvarych said

"Not a single serviceman has expressed the wish to obtain asylum in Russia. Everyone wants to come back," he said.

On August 4 over 400 Ukrainian troops asked Russian border guards to open a humanitarian corridor through Russia.

Later on August 4 a total of 180 out of 438 Ukrainian troops went from the Rostov region to Ukraine. "One hundred eighty troops, who crossed the Russian border in the Rostov region at night, went to Ukraine by bus," Malayev said. These were troops, who were willing to go home, and the others remained in the Rostov region for now, he said.

Most Ukrainian troops, who crossed the Russian border, will return to Ukraine on August 6, Malayev told Interfax on Wednesday morning. "A big group of Ukrainian servicemen will soon depart from the temporary [accommodation] camp in the Rostov region for Ukraine. Transport is being prepared for them now," he said.

Two hundred Ukrainian troops will go to Ukraine form the Rostov region in the coming hours, Malayev said.

About 40 Ukrainian troops will stay in the Rostov region for some time, until a final decision on sending them is made, Malayev said.

Prior to early August some groups of Ukrainian troops asked to enter Russia. The July case, when 41 Ukrainian servicemen went to Russia and then were given to Ukraine, is most known. Now these servicemen are on trial in Ukraine under the Criminal Code article on refusal to serve.

However, up until now such mass crossings of Ukrainian troops to Russia, as the one on August 4, has not been registered.

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