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Kyiv Frees Two Russian Embassy Guards

Moscow says two guards at Russia's embassy in Kyiv, who were detained by Ukrainian authorities on weapons charges, have been released and returned to Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the release on August 30, saying it followed negotiations with Ukrainian authorities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier that the embassy workers were detained on August 28 on suspicion of carrying grenades as they were leaving a cafe in Kyiv.

It said the employees, including the personal bodyguard of the Russian ambassador to Ukraine, were held despite the fact they carry diplomatic passports.

Moscow had called the incident a "provocation" and demanded the release of the employees.

There has been no official statement regarding the reported incident by Ukrainian officials.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax