A Croatian citizen who fought alongside Ukrainian troops in Mariupol has been arrested by the Russian military, Croatian state media reported on Saturday.
The Croatian Foreign Ministry also confirmed that it “knows of a detained Croatian citizen” and is working with Ukrainian authorities to resolve the situation. He did not provide any further information due to the “sensitivity of the situation”.
State television HRT reported that the Croatian man tried to flee Mariupol with other Ukrainian fighters but was caught by the Russians. No other details were immediately available.
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Regional television N1 said the arrest was first reported by Russian media.
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