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Ukrainian Armed Forces detain serviceman of Russian armed formations in Donbas, he suspected of committing grave crime – Ukrainian delegation to TCG

KYIV. Oct 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – An operational group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has detained a serviceman of Russian armed formations in Donbas, who is suspected by law enforcement agencies of committing a grave crime in 2010 under article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The detained citizen is Andrey Valentinovich Kosiak, born in 1978. Weapons and ammunition were confiscated from him. Investigative actions are ongoing.

On the photograph of the detainee’s military ID, the place of birth is the city of Alchevsk, Luhansk region.

According to the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on resolving the situation in Donbas, during the general meeting of the TCG [October 13], the Russian armed formations resorted to a gross provocation.

"At about 10.45, a group of armed men with armbands from the Joint Ceasefire Coordination and Control Center (JCCC), under the guise of demining, carried out reconnaissance of the abandoned positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," according to the Facebook page of the Ukrainian delegation in the TCG.

However, security guarantees were provided by the Ukrainian side for demining work with a clear indication of the routes of movement and determination of the maximum point of advance towards the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as part of the work on equipping the site for opening the Zolote entry-exit checkpoint from the temporarily occupied territories.

Spokesperson of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG Oleksiy Arestovich told Interfax-Ukraine, the detainee is a Russian citizen.

His passport was issued in February 2021 by the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for Rostov region. His detention is connected with violation of the border of the zone allowed for movement in the area of ​​the Joint Force Operation.

"In fact, they were conducting reconnaissance of our positions," Arestovych said.