Russian soldier arrested 'after six months in hiding'
A Russian soldier who claims to have avoided detection in Ukraine's Kharkiv region for six months...
A Russian soldier who claims to have avoided detection in Ukraine's Kharkiv region for six months has been detained, Ukrainian police say.
The 42-year-old serviceman was stopped by members of the Ukrainian armed forces while they were patrolling the Kupiansk district, Kharkiv's regional police department said.
The area was retaken by Ukrainian forces last September.
The soldier told police he had hidden in abandoned buildings since then.
After they found him on Monday, police discovered that the man - dressed in civilian clothes - was a serviceman with Russia's 27th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade and was a resident of the Moscow region.
The soldier was taken to a local police station for further investigation, a police statement said.