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More than 400 Ukrainian military personnel requested refugee status from Russian border guards on Monday and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a corridor for the soldiers
“Overnight 438 Ukrainian military personnel turned to Russian border guards with a request for refugee [status],” the head of the FSB’s border control in the southern Russian region of Rostov, Vasily Malaeyev, said.
Border control authorities have opened a humanitarian corridor and have allowed refugees into Russia. Among the 438 personnel, 164 are employees of Ukraine’s State Border Service.
Fierce battles in Ukraine’s southeastern regions have not abated since mid-April when Kiev officials announced the beginning of a special operation against local independence supporters. As a result, many Ukrainian servicemen left their military posts to cross into Russia.
On Sunday, 12 soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces made it into Russia and applied for an asylum at Gukovo checkpoint in Russia’s Rostov Region, saying they had run out of food and ammunition.
Last month, another 40 Ukrainian troops abandoned their military units and asked independence supporters to allow them to come to Russia in order not to fight against their own people.
Ukrainian solders said that they already run water, food and fuel. Ammunition is also running out. There is bad situation with supply which is connected with the large loss of military transport aircraft in Ukrainian armed forces.
Ukrainian mass media and the leaders of the so-called CTO (counter-terrorist operation) didn't report about these facts.
Moreover, the Ukrainian press didn't report about number of military personnel who have received a humanitarian corridor through Russia and now claim that they do not want to fight anymore.
President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Tony Blinken, had this to say at a Washington press conference yesterday:
“Russia bears responsibility for everything that’s going on in Eastern Ukraine, and has the ability to actually de-escalate this crisis”.
www.ibtimes.com... a reply to: DJW001
More than 15,000 Russian troops have amassed along the border with Ukraine as the Pentagon said Friday it appears Moscow is about to transfer “heavy caliber multiple rocket systems” to pro-Russia separatists.
Reuters cited the U.S. ambassador to NATO
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12 Ukrainian soldiers od the 72nd brigade refused to fight and crossed the border with Russia through the checkpoint "Gukovo" in the Rostov region. According to them, they no longer want to continue the senseless fratricidal war waged by the Ukrainian government. They talk about their commanders who actually betrayed their subordinates.
Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms and went to Russia through the checkpoint "Gukovo." "At this moment, we are investigating the reasons why they did it, "- said the representative of the boundary of the FSB of Russia in the Rostov region.