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(LEAD) Russian agency says report on planned trial for S. Korean fighter in Ukraine untrue

All News 22:53 June 11, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with Russian news agency's correction; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- Russia's Interfax news agency said Saturday that an earlier report on a planned trial for a South Korean volunteer fighter in Ukraine was untrue and that the person would in fact stand trial in South Korea.

The news agency earlier quoted the foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic of eastern Ukraine, which is controlled by pro-Russian separatists, as saying that a verdict was being prepared for the unnamed person who had fought for Ukraine.

Interfax issued a correction 30 minutes later, however, saying the minister had clarified that the South Korean national had returned to their native country and would be standing trial there.

No details were given on the individual.

The Seoul Metropolitan Library in Seoul is lit up in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, on March 1, 2022, in support of the Eastern European country after the Russian invasion, in this photo provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

hague@yna.co.kr
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