9 September 2015, 09:03 GMT
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Employees of the Ukrainian security service on Saturday kidnapped and took to Ukrainian territory a Russian serviceman and his civilian brother, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry stated.
"Today, on September 12, at about 6 a.m. [04:00 GMT] employees of the Ukrainian security service kidnapped Russian contract serviceman Viktor Barsukov from the village of Chertkovo in the Rostov Region, and took him to the territory of Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement.
According to the statement, the Russian serviceman’s civilian brother Nikolay Barsukov was also kidnapped from the Russian village of Chertkovo located on the border with Ukraine.
In the statement, the ministry urged the Ukrainian side to free the captured Russians and to stop such provocations.
The defense ministry reportedly acquired the information about the kidnapping from the relatives of the victims.