Kiev says captured Russian soldiers were in Ukraine 'on special mission'
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Tuesday a group of Russian servicemen had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a "special mission," contradicting Russian media which cited a defense ministry source in Moscow as saying they got there by accident.
"This wasn't a mistake, but a special mission they were carrying out," Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing.
Twelve Ukrainian service personnel had been killed in fighting in the past 24 hours, he said.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Christian Lowe)