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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Aids Probe

KIEV -- Two of Ukraine's top military officials were to travel to Bosnia on Tuesday to help NATO investigate the arrest of seven of their peacekeepers for allegedly smuggling alcohol and cigarettes.


General Oleh Chustenko, deputy commander of ground forces, and Colonel Petro Kozyr, head of the army inspectorate, will make the trip to "ensure the investigation's objectivity," a Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday.


Seven Ukrainian soldiers with the NATO-led Stabilization Force, including two lieutenant colonels, were arrested by local Bosnian police last week along with 17 Bosnian Croats.


Police say they were arrested as they unloaded cigarettes and alcohol worth $500,000 from SFOR military trucks and they were part of an organized ring smuggling goods from the Croatian port of Split to the southern Bosnian city of Mostar.