Murmansk contract soldiers complain of being forced to fight in Ukraine

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About 20 Russian soldiers serving under contract in a military unit in the Murmansk region said that they had been warned about possible combat missions in Ukraine.

Sergey Krivenko, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights states, Сensor.NET reports citing Tvrain.ru.

On Feb. 9, Krivenko applied to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to verify this information. He went to the Murmansk region to meet the contract soldiers. They said they had recently been transferred to a training range hundred kilometers away from their unit for combat coordination. "They were trained for other military occupations, such as infantrymen," Krivenko said. "And then their commander stood in front of them and said that they would be going on a mission to the Rostov region, where they would possibly cross the border to carry out military orders," he added.

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The Colonel could not give an "intelligible" answer to the question about the grounds for the mission. Instead, he "began to talk patriotic bullshit: that there is a war going on, and we need to protect the Russian people who are dying under Ukrainian bombs," the human rights activist said. The commander threatened to dismiss the troops if they refuse to travel. The soldiers refused to go to Rostov without a written order and made corresponding complaints. At the same time, the servicemen said that they still want to continue service. In their complaint they also stated that they were transported to the training area in tarpaulin-covered KAMAZ vehicles without heating at a temperature of minus 10 - 15 °C. According to Krivenko, a Ministry of Defense Commission has left to the Murmansk region for investigation.

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Earlier a Murmansk human rights activist Irina Paykachova told about 23 Murmansk contract servicemen of missile corps who were sent to the village of Sputnik for a combat mission not according to their military occupation. In Sputnik, the military were reported that they would be sent "to the border with Ukraine" and "might have to cross" the border, Paykachova said.

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U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges has said recently that Russia concentrated ten battalions along the border. The number of servicemen in one battalion in the Russian army ranges from 400 to 600 people depending on the type of troops. Despite this, Russia repeatedly denies the statements of Ukraine and the West that Russian troops participate in the conflict.

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On Feb. 12, leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France signed a cease-fire agreement starting 12:00 a.m. Kyiv time, Feb. 15, 2015. One of the paragraphs reads, "Withdrawal of all foreign troops, military equipment, and militants from the territory of Ukraine under control of the OSCE."

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n324638