Responding to reports this week that Russian soldiers were captured inside Ukraine, some helpful members of Canada’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization delegation offered advice that might help prevent such mishaps in the future.
Reuters reported that troops from Russia suggested they were unaware that they had crossed the border into Ukraine, even amid growing speculation that the nation is looking for ways to further annex more of its neighboring country’s land.
“I did not see where we crossed the border,” detained soldier Ivan Milchakov reportedly claimed. “They just told us we were going on a 70-kilometer march over three days.”
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The NATO delegates posted a tongue-in-cheek map on its Twitter account Wednesday in an effort to clear up any confusion.
— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014
As Business Insider noted, the tweet designated the Crimean peninsula as “not Russia” despite the widely publicized annexation of that region by Russia earlier this year. Since that time, pro-Russian forces within Ukraine have continued to fight for further control of cities within that nation.
Episodes such as the most recent incursion by a group of Russian soldiers is seen by some world leaders as evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to stage a takeover of even more Ukrainian territory.
Ukraine’s border needs to be secure. And that requires Russian troops on both sides of it
— Vladimir Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) August 27, 2014
While Milchakov pleaded ignorance regarding his entrance into Ukraine, another soldier reportedly stated that he knew exactly where he was going.
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Photo Credit: Twitter/Canada at NATO
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