‘Elite Russian troops’ in Ukraine trial

The dual men, named by Ukrainian officials as Alexander Alexandrov (R) and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, seemed in a enclosure in Kiev on TuesdayImage copyright

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The dual men, named by Ukrainian officials as Alexander Alexandrov (R) and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, seemed in a enclosure on Tuesday

Two group described as Russian special-forces soldiers have left on conference in Kiev indicted of waging fight opposite Ukrainian troops.

The pair, named as Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov and purported to be officers in Russia’s GRU unfamiliar troops intelligence, were captured in May during fighting in easterly Ukraine.

Russia insists a group were not portion soldiers when they were detained.

Prosecutors called for life sentences. The conference was adjourned.

The dual group repudiate charges of terrorism.

In justice – Olga Ivshina, BBC News, Kiev

The Ukrainian confidence use says a dual group have certified being members of a Russian troops and assisting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

But Yevgeny Yerofeyev denied some of his progressing statements, observant that they had been given underneath duress. Alexander Alexandrov has not altered his testimony.

Moscow, that has prolonged claimed there are no Russian servicemen in Ukraine, says a group had late from a troops comprehension use before going to Luhansk to join a separatists.

Some officials have oral of a probability of exchanging them for Ukrainian atmosphere force commander Nadia Savchenko, 34, who was restrained final year.

Tuesday’s conference coincided with a resumption of Nadia Savchenko’s conference in southern Russia, where she is indicted of formulation a deaths of dual Russian reporters in a trebuchet attack.

She told a justice she was restrained by rebels in eastern Ukraine before a reporters were killed, and afterwards handed over a week after to Russian forces.

“I am a restrained of fight and a warrant who has been abducted,” she said, rejecting Russia’s explain that she crossed a limit herself, posing as a refugee. “I was taken opposite a limit opposite my will.”

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Nadia Savchenko seemed in a enclosure as she gave justification on Tuesday in a Russian city of Donetsk

Ms Savchenko, who has turn a Ukrainian MP during her apprehension in Russia, discharged a box opposite her as a “piece of rubbish” when a conference began final week.

‘Elite’ comprehension team

The justice perplexing a dual Russians in Kiev pronounced a legal complement would demeanour during a ask by their counterclaim lawyers for a conference to take place in Luhansk region, where a soldiers were captured.

Their apprehension final May was a vital success for Ukrainian forces, that had prolonged confirmed that Russian special army were personification a pivotal purpose in a troops debate by pro-Russian rebels. One Ukrainian was killed during a fighting in that they were captured.

Ukraine’s confidence arch told a BBC during a time that they had been partial of a 220-strong GRU group deployed in Luhansk.

While Ukraine and a West have pronounced there is transparent justification of Russian troops help, a supervision in Moscow has argued that usually volunteers have assimilated a separatists in a east.

One of a restrained group was shown on an unverified video in May observant he was from a executive Russian city of Togliatti, where an chosen army comprehension section is based.