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Ukraine soldiers return from Russia, government says

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Ukraine spokesman Andrei Lysenko said that 195 of 311 Ukraine soldiers had returned from Russian territory. (Source: CBS) Ukraine spokesman Andrei Lysenko said that 195 of 311 Ukraine soldiers had returned from Russian territory. (Source: CBS)

UKRAINE (CBS) - A spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine claimed on Tuesday that a group of Ukrainian soldiers was attacked as they tried to return from Russian territory.

Andrei Lysenko stated that 311 Ukrainian soldiers had made their way into Russia on Monday after using up all their ammunition.

Of those, 195 had attempted to return on Tuesday, unarmed, when they came under attack.

Lysenko said no one had been injured in the assault and were now in a safe place.

He added that Ukraine was negotiating the return of the remaining soldiers.

On Monday, a Russian border security official said more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers had crossed into Russia.

The Russian official said the soldiers deserted the Kiev government and that the Russian side had opened a safe corridor.

A Ukrainian military official, who did not give a number for the soldiers involved, said however the troops were forced into Russian territory by rebel fire after running out of ammunition.

"Today around 6 a.m. local time at Uspenka, Donetsk region border check point, terrorists shot at 195 unarmed Ukrainian soldiers who were returning from the Russian Federation. They were with a military ministry convoy. They repelled the attack, no injured on our side," Lysenko said.

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