Russian troopers captured

KIEV – Ukraine’s security service says its military in the war-torn east has captured 10 Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian soil and is questioning them as part of a criminal probe.

Soldiers from the 331st regiment of 98th airborne division based in central Russia were taken near the Ukrainian village of Dzerkalne, about 50 kilometres southeast of the rebel hub Donetsk, it said in a statement on Monday.

“Russian soldiers have been detained with personal documents and weapons,” it said, adding: “Investigators opened a criminal probe into illegal border crossing by armed Russian citizens.”

Ukraine’s Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey said the soldiers had been captured on Monday — hours before Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was due to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin in months.

“Today Ukrainian armed forces captured many Russian soldiers,” Mr Geletey wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.

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