Ukraine charges two suspected Russian soldiers with 'terrorist activity'

A Ukrainian soldier shows a weapon allegedly belonging to Russian servicemen captured by Ukrainian forces, during a briefing in Kiev, Ukraine on May 18, 2015. The two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukraine have been charged with invo
A Ukrainian soldier shows a weapon allegedly belonging to Russian servicemen captured by Ukrainian forces, during a briefing in Kiev, Ukraine on May 18, 2015. The two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukraine have been charged with involvement in "terrorist activity", a security official said on Wednesday, May 20. -- PHOTO: EPA 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine has charged two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured during a gun battle in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk with involvement in "terrorist activity," a security official said on Wednesday.

Ukrainian Security Service spokesman Markiyan Lubkivsky wrote on Facebook that Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sergeant Aleksander Aleksandrov, now convalescing in a Kiev military hospital, were also allowed to telephone their relatives in Russia.

Moscow has said that the two men were once members of the Russian armed forces but had been decommissioned by the time they crossed into the Ukrainian war zone nearly two months ago.