Poroshenko personally met with the freed Grechanov. "During the conversation, the president admitted that rescuing Grechanov from captivity was an extremely difficult task - he was only released from the 18 attempt," the agency writes.
Referring to a personal conversation with the head of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the president also told Grechanov that the Israeli secret services once gave a thousand captured militants for their corporal.
“And they think that they did the right thing,” the Ukrainian leader stressed.
The agency recalls that Starkov was detained in the summer along with a truck that allegedly contained ammunition. According to the SBU, the detainee at the first interrogation admitted that "he is a citizen of the Russian Federation and an acting officer of the Russian army." In all reports, he passes as "Major of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation."
Moscow did not comment on the incident, stating that "there were no Russian military in Ukraine, and there was not."
Currently, a Ukrainian court is considering the case of Russians Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov, whom the SBU calls "GRU fighters."