First Prisoners of War as Ukraine Captures Russian Soldiers

Two Russian soldiers have been captured by Ukrainian soldiers, according to the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a collection of investigators based between Russia and Ukraine.

The CIT posted pictures of two individuals on Thursday on its Twitter page and showed the weapons the soldiers allegedly had on them.

"Press officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Shtefan has published photographs of what appear to be captured Russian soldiers," the caption said according to a Google translation.

The caption went on to say that the alleged prisoners were with tanks in the Belgorod region in Russia in the days preceding the invasion and, on Thursday, they were located on the outskirts of Kharkiv.

The unnamed alleged soldiers in the pictures do not appear to have any serious injuries.

Another picture showed the weapons the prisoners apparently had on them. This included multiple cartridges of ammo, knives, and guns.

CIT's research has been cited widely in past months, including by experts from the nonprofit CNA, a think tank that advises the U.S. military, according to an ABC News report.

The spokesperson for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, also tweeted the images of the soldiers.

"Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny: 'Ukranian military have taken prisoners, two Russian soldiers of UNIT 91701 of Yampol motorised infantry regiment," Nikolenko tweeted.

He followed up this tweet by stating Russia was suffering losses in this invasion.

"Enemy is suffering losses. Four Russian tanks have been burned on Kharkiv ring road," he tweeted.

"Russian troops are storming the border in Zhytomyr region. Enemy military equipment has crossed at Vilcha checkpoint, [Ukrainian] military and border guards accepted battle. #RussiainvadedUkraine."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine also issued a press release on Thursday, following the invasion of Russian troops.

"At the request of the Head of State, Ukraine's MFA has initiated the procedure to sever diplomatic relations in accordance with the norms established by international law," it said in the statement.

"Our country took this step in response to acts of military aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

"[In response to] the invasion of Russian Armed Forces to destroy the Ukrainian state and the seizure by force of Ukrainian territories with the intent of establishing occupation control."

The statement closed by saying the country would continue to defend the rights of Ukrainians in Russia and has begun the evacuation of Ukraine's embassy in Moscow.

Newsweek has contacted the Conflict Intelligence Team and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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Images uploaded to social media of alleged Russian soldiers. These pictures were posted by the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) on Twitter. CIT