By Mark Trevelyan MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine has handed over a group of captured Russian paratroops and Russia has returned 63 Ukrainian soldiers who crossed into its territory last week, Russian news agencies quoted a paratroop commander as saying. RIA news agency quoted Russian Major-General Alexei Ragozin as saying the paratroops had been handed back after "very difficult" negotiations and after what he called an unacceptable delay. Ukraine said last week it had captured 10 paratroops and presented them to the press as evidence that the Russian military is fighting alongside pro-Moscow separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia said the men had crossed an unmarked section of the border by accident.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Moscow could not stand aside when people were being shot at in Ukraine, he told Russia's state TV Channel 1 in an interview. "It must be borne in mind that Russia cannot stand aside when people are being shot at almost at point blank," he was quoted as saying by ITAR TASS news agency. Asked if it was possible to predict the end of the crisis in Ukraine, RIA news agency quoted Putin as saying: "No. It largely depends on the political will of current Ukrainian authorities." The West accuses Moscow of supporting pro-Russian separatists who are fighting Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia denied accusations.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Heavily armed suspected Islamic militants attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday in an apparent attempt to free militants held there, police said.