November 22, 2016 / 9:32 AM / a year ago

Russia says detention of its soldiers near Crimea was 'provocation'

MINSK (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Ukraine’s detention of two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea was “a provocation.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides in Moscow, Russia October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Ukrainian security services detained two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea on Monday. Kiev said the men were deserters from the Ukrainian army detained on Ukrainian-controlled territory, while Moscow claimed they were seized in Crimea.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Jack Stubbs

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