13:16 Jul. 11, 2016
Detainees are squadron leader and platoon commander of Russian occupation troops
Ukrainian soldiers captured Russian mercenaries in combat clashes in the conflict zone - near the village of Troitske, in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine.
This was reported by the military press office.
"On late July 11, 2016, the enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group of 23 militants launched an offensive against the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Troitske and took up a battle with Ukrainian military. Our soldiers repelled the core group who withdrew, leaving three wounded", the statement reads.
One of those militants who were left behind – 40-year-old Nathan Tsakirov, born in Omsk, (a Russian city in southwestern Siberia) - died from a gunshot wound.
Nathan Tsakirov's Russian passport (General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Facebook)
The other two were detained. Ukrainian military medics rendered the first aid to the captured militants, got them evacuated from the frontline and transported to a medical unit.
In the meantime, both are in a medical facility. The captured militants are a squadron leader and a platoon commander of Russian occupation troops, reports General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces.