The court has arrested former Ukrainian servicemen Oleksandr Baranov and Maksym Odyntsov, who were detained on the border with the occupied Crimea, with a bail option, according to the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak.
“The detained deserters have been transferred to the military prosecutor’s office, as required by law. A pre-trial restriction has been chosen for them in the form of detention. Unfortunately, there is also a bail option,” Hrytsak said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.
The SBU head said that the court’s decision on the pre-trial prevention measure for the detained deserters will be appealed. He also expressed surprise that the deserters could be released on bail.
In turn, the Hromadske radio reported referring to the first deputy military prosecutor of the southern region of Ukraine, Petro Vizniuk, the Central District Court of Mykolaiv ruled to put Baranov and Odyntsov in custody for two months with an option of a bail.
The investigating judge of the Central District Court of Mykolaiv granted the request of an investigator of the military prosecution of Mykolaiv Garrison and chose a measure of restraint for junior sergeant Oleksandr Baranov – detention or a UAH 350,000 bail and detention or a UAH 250,000 bail for private first class Maksym Odyntsov, Vizniuk said.
The Ukrainian Security Service announced the detention at the Chonhar crossing point in Kherson region, of two deserters, who transferred into Russian army service in 2014 after the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier that Ukrainian security services illegally took two Russian servicemen out of Crimea.