Border guards in Russia's Rostov region have detained a Ukrainian military serviceman illegally staying in Russian territory, the Rostov regional border department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) told Interfax on Wednesday.
"Border guards detained the serviceman in the community of Chertkovo, on Tuesday evening. He had crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border [through] bypassing an official crossing point and did not have identification documents," a department spokesperson said.
The circumstances in which the man crossed the border, and his intentions, have yet to be determined, he said.
An administrative case has been opened against the Ukrainian serviceman, as well as the opening of a criminal case against him on charges of illegally crossing Russia's border, is being taken under consideration. If found guilty, the Ukrainian serviceman may face up to two years' imprisonment, he said.
The Kyiv-based staff of the military operation in eastern Ukraine has confirmed the detention of a Ukrainian serviceman and said it was looking into the details of the incident.
"A Ukrainian contract serviceman was detained on a road between the Ukrainian populated area of Milove and the Russian one Chertkovo. His surname is Shl i akhovy. The causes and circumstances of the incident are being looked into. At the present moment, our serviceman is [being] held by the Russian side," Oleksiy Mazapa, the staff's spokesperson, told Interfax on Wednesday evening.