UAF Soldier Defected to the Side of the LPR People’s Militia

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


A serviceman of the UAF came over to the side of the Republic. This was reported by the acting head of department of the People’s militia of the LPR Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko at a briefing in the Lugansk Information Center on September 29th.

According to Filiponenko, the serviceman left the third mechanized battalion of the 14th separate mechanized brigade at the contact line in the Stanitsa Luganskaya region.

“For obvious reasons I won’t disclose his surname. Currently, the investigating authorities of the LPR carry out verification regarding the participation of this Ukrainian serviceman in shelling on the LPR. And if this isn’t confirmed, on the territory of the Republic a peaceful life is guaranteed to the former UAF serviceman, and at his desire he can join the ranks of the People’s militia of the LPR,” assured the acting head of department of the People’s militia.

The Colonel said that from the deserter “it became known that more than 20 servicemen of the third mechanized and tank battalions of the 14th separate mechanized brigade in the settlement of Stanitsa Luganskaya and Teploye, after leaning about the postponement of rotation from the zone of carrying out anti-people operations in the second half of November, went on hunger strike”.

“The Commanders of these battalions Lieutenant-Colonels Yatsinyuk and Durikhin try in all possible ways to suppress this fact from the command of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’, and also numerous cases of unauthorized leaving of units by the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” highlighted Filiponenko.

Earlier the official representative of the People’s militia of the LPR Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko reported that the Commander of the third squad of the first company of the second battalion of the 14th UAF brigade urged his subordinates to boycott the orders of higher leadership because of the postponement of rotation of rotation of UAF military personnel for an indefinite period of time.

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The People’s militia repeatedly noted that the moral and mental condition of the Kiev Armed Forces worsens, they continue to maraud and stage “drunk scuffles”, and cases of bad relationships, which lead to desertion and suicides among the military personnel of the UAF, became frequent.

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