The Russian defense Ministry has denied media reports, according to which Viktor Ageyev, who was captured in Luhansk oblast, is a Russian military contract servicemen, reports RIA Novosti.
«Victor Ageev has never passed military service under the contract in Armed forces of the Russian Federation. According to the records of the Ministry of defense of Russia, Ageev serving in the armed forces, followed by another in may 2016 resigned in the prescribed manner to the reserve. Information about the alleged admission in the subsequent Viktor Ageev on military service under the contract is an invention of the Ukrainian propagandists,» – said in a statement released on Wednesday, June 28.
As noted by the Russian defense Ministry, on the second page of the military ID Ageeva «has a record that he was discharged in may 2016».
Meanwhile, the representative of the people’s militia self-proclaimed Luhansk national Republic (LNR) Andrey Marochko said Victor Ageev has been accepted for voluntary service in the ranks of the militia the military Commissariat of the LC.
«A soldier of the militia corporal Ageev, who is currently in captivity, voluntarily joined the people’s militia Luhansk national Republic», – quotes Marochko the Agency «Interfax».
Earlier, the news service of the BBC, citing sources in the Ministry of defense of Ukraine and the command of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade of the armed forces of Ukraine reported that on June 24, near the village of Zholobok of the Slavyanoserbsky region of the Luhansk region was captured by Russian soldier-the contract employee Viktor Ageev.
The publication claimed that the mother of Victor Ageev has confirmed the BBC that after military service he left to serve in the army under contract. According to the woman, her son signed a contract in March 2017, a new place of service became the city of Bataysk of the Rostov region, which housed the 22nd guards separate brigade of special purpose GRU of the General staff of Russia.