Mariya Zakharova, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) press official, said that journalists from leading American media outlets working in Russia refused to interview Ukrainian soldiers who crossed the border into Russia asking for asylum earlier in the week. Early Monday morning, a group of 438 Ukrainian troops and border guards from junta forces fighting opolchenie in Novorossiya asked the FSB Border Guard for permission to enter Russia seeking asylum, and the authorities opened a humanitarian corridor for them. As the news broke on Monday about the Ukrainian soldiers crossing into Russia seeking asylum, the MID decided to arrange for foreign journalists accredited in Russia to meet with the soldiers.
Zakharova said, “Keeping in mind how important it’d be for journalists, particularly foreign ones, to talk to Ukrainian military servicemen, to learn first-hand about real combat actions, the motivation of Ukrainian soldiers, and the real reasons behind their decision…
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