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Ukrainian court extends detention for Russian servicemen

Published 29/09/2015

Yevgeny Yerofeyev, left, and Alexander Alexandrov during a trial hearing in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP)
Yevgeny Yerofeyev, left, and Alexander Alexandrov during a trial hearing in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP)

A Kiev court has extended the detention of two Russian servicemen captured in eastern Ukraine in May, ruling that they will remain in jail for at least two more months.

Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev have acknowledged being Russian servicemen and said they were on a reconnaissance mission. Russia's Defence Ministry, however, said they had resigned from active duty in December.

Russia has denied sending troops to Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting government troops since April 2014. At least 8,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Yerofeyev told journalists during a break in the court session he was under constant pressure from investigators to provide information.

The court also turned down a defence request to move the trial to eastern Ukraine. No trial date has been set.

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