The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained on the border with Crimea two former Ukrainian soldiers, who changed the oath after the Russian annexation of the peninsula.
“It is about two former Ukrainian militaries who changed the oath and have been serving in the Russian army after the illegal annexation of Crimea. They were detained after crossing the border at the Chongar checkpoint,” said the Press Service of the SBU.
The detainees are suspected of desertion and treason.
According to journalist Anton Naumlyuk, the detainees are former soldiers of the Marine Aviation Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy in Novofedorovka (Crimea) Alexander Baranov and Maxim Odintsov.
Baranov was born in 1983 and served in the rank of junior Sergeant (Corporal) as a target plotter of the command center in Novofedorovka. His age mate Odintsov served in the rank of Ensign (Warrant officer) as a senior radio operator and gunner of a helicopter detachment in the same military unit.
Military unit A1100 of the 10-th Marine Aviation Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy was captured by Russian militaries as a result of assault on March 22, 2014. Soldiers of the unit came over to the Russian army and were retrained in the Zhukovsky Airforce Academy in Voronezh (Russia).
In its turn, the Russian Defense Ministry claims that the detained militaries were allegedly abducted.
“Russian soldiers: Ensign Maksim Odintsov and junior Sergeant Alexander Baranov were illegally detained by the Ukrainian Security Service and removed from Crimea to the territory of the Mykolaiv oblast (Ukraine) on November 20,” said the Press Service of the Russian Defense Ministry.
The Russian Defense Ministry considers these actions as “provocation” and demand to return Odintsov and Baranov.