"The international community must see who Russia is sending to fight against the Ukrainian people. Kosyak's detention during a reconnaissance operation and his documented participation in hostilities once again illustrates Russia's responsibility for waging an international armed conflict in our country," Nikolenko said.
He said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had also instructed Ukrainian embassies abroad to inform foreign governments in detail about the evidence of Russian aggression and Russia's gross violations of the agreements reached by the leaders of the Normandy Four countries.
Nikolenko recalled that Kosyak was currently in custody according to a ruling issued by the Sievierodonetsk City Court of Luhansk Region. He was charged with participation in illegal armed groups under Part 2 of Article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on October 19 announced the detention of Russian national Kosyak in Ukraine. She called on the Ukrainian side to report his whereabouts and allow Russian consular representatives to visit him.
On October 13, Russian occupation forces resorted to a gross provocation as an armed group wearing armbands of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination were caught red-handed on a reconnaissance mission under the guise of a demining effort near the abandoned positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. One of the group members, Russian national Andrey Kosyak born in 1978, was detained on the spot.
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