Support The Moscow Times!

Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Kidnapping Two Russian Servicemen

Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

Russia's Defense Ministry has accused Ukraine of kidnapping two Russian servicemen on the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Agents from Ukraine's Security Services (SBU) detained Ensign Maksim Odintsov and Sergeant Alexander Baranov in Russian-held territory and transfered them to Ukraine on Nov.20, the Defense Ministry told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Officials labeled the detention as "yet another crude provocation" and said that the SBU would try to fabricate charges against the two men.

The SBU claim that Odintsov and Baranov formerly served in the Ukrainian army and switched sides after Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March 2014. The two servicemen were detained on charges of desertion while attempting to cross the border into Ukraine, an SBU spokesperson told the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

Odintsov and Baranov's detention follows a string of reported arrests of supposed Ukrainian "saboteurs" and "terrorists" in Crimea. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has denied any connection to the incidents.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more