“Petro Poroshenko and I spoke about it and he gave assurances to me the Russian servicemen would be turned over to Russia in the same way that we have been turning Ukrainian Army servicemen over to Ukraine,” he said. “This is a technical issue,” Putin said regarding the servicemen’s return to Russia.
He recalled that the Russian authorities had given medical assistance to Ukrainian servicemen at Russian civilian hospitals.
“That’s why there are grounds to believe we’ll be mutually considerate in this case,” Putin said.
He commented on the general situation around the Russian military, who had unintentionally gotten into the territory of Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian military had gotten into Russian territory far more frequently and in much bigger numbers. “There were cases when they found themselves in Russia and said they had taken the wrong road,” Putin said. “They were armed and were riding on armored vehicles by what they told us was true.”
He said he believed them because there was no demarcation of the frontier on the terrain in those places.