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Ukraine Live Day 589
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Captured Russian Spetsnaz Officers In Court In Kiev
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Nadezhda Savchenko Gives Evidence In Court
Footage Purportedly Shows Nadezhda Savchenko Immediately After Her Capture

Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, two Russian spetsnaz soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian forces on May 16 near Schastye, appeared in the Goloseyevsky District Court in Kiev today.

In the first few days after Yerofeyev's capture, he told journalists that he was a volunteer fighter for the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR), in contrast to Aleksandrov, who has always maintained that he is a Spetsnaz soldier.

In later interviews however, Yerofeyev said that he was indeed a member of the Spetsnaz.

On May 29, Yerofeyev told Novaya Gazeta's Pavel Kanyginthat he wanted to be tried for espionage rather than terrorism.

Yerofeyev is keeping himself up. Aleksandrov seems somewhat depressed. A translator is helping both of them

As Ukrainska Pravda reports, the captives' lawyer, Konstantin Kravchuk, has requested that their trial be moved to a court closer to the scene of their alleged crimes, in Novoaidar in the Lugansk region.

The court has also ruled to extend both captives' detention by another 60 days, until November 21.

-- Pierre Vaux