Ukrainian soldiers who fled the conflict territory rest in a tent camp near the Russia-Ukraine border, just outside the village of Gukovo, Rostov-on-Don region, Southern Russia, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Ukraine said Monday it was in talks with Moscow over the return of 311 Ukrainian soldiers and border guards who had been forced by fighting with separatists to cross into Russia, but Russian border authorities said the troops were seeking asylum.Ukrainian defense spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a group of soldiers and border guards, who had been caught between the Russian border to the east and rebel positions in the west, had crossed into Russia in the early hours of Monday.Ukrainian government forces recaptured the important railway hub of Yasynuvata Sunday from the rebels, Lysenko said, adding that five soldiers had been killed and 15 others wounded in fighting in the 24 hours up to Monday.
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