A group of servicemen from the 72nd motorised brigade was forced to retreat into the territory of the Russian Federation after running out of ammunition during a battle with terrorists. This was told to RBK-Ukraine by Aleksei Dmitrashkovsky, a spokesman from the press centre for the Anti-Terrorism Operation in the Donbass.
"The soldiers from the 72nd brigade were split into two groups. One of them broke through the terrorists' encirclement, the other group of soldiers covered them. One of the groups then ran out of ammunition and supplies. A military vehicle on the battlefield was damaged. Following this, the personnel were forced to withdraw to the area of the Russian border checkpoint. According to the most recent data, the soldiers are in Russian territory. The number of troops is yet to be confirmed," said Dmitrashkovsky.
According to him, help has already arrived for the soldiers who covered the breakout from the terrorist encirclement.
Earlier, the Russian state-owned news agency ITAR-TASS had reported that 438 Ukrainian military personnel had crossed the border and requested asylum.
Vassily Malayev, the spokesman for the Rostov region department of the border service (a branch of the FSB), told ITAR-TASS that 164 of those that crossed into Russian territory were Ukrainian border guards.
Malayev claimed that the Ukrainian servicemen said that "they were tired of war and didn't want to fight any more."
ITAR-TASS reports that one of the soldiers was seriously wounded and was taken to a medical facility in Gukovo, where he underwent surgery.
Malayev claimed that the Ukrainian servicemen destroyed their weapons and ammunition on fleeing their country. He said that the remaining group of troops in Ukraine is also intending to cross over to the Russian Federation.
The report adds:
According to Malayev, Russian border guards have set up a tent camp for the Ukrainian servicemen. "The camp has been set up near the Gukovo border checkpoint. There are more than 400 Ukrainian servicemen there. They have all been provided sleeping room, hot tea and ration packs. They will soon be given hot food," said Malayev.