Russia presses Ukrainian prisoners in Luhansk Oblast into military service
“When it comes to (prison) colonies in occupied Luhansk Oblast, we’re talking about coercion, not encouragement (to enlist),” said Haidai.
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“Any semblance of self-determination or lawfulness is out of the question.”
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He added that prisoners in Russia-occupied territories have no choice but to agree to fight against their own country.
“There’s a war on, and they simply need cannon fodder, so (they) deploy everyone (to the battlefield),” the former governor concluded.
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In January, media reports suggested that only 10,000 Russian prisoners remain alive out of 50,000 recruited by Russia’s private military company Wagner Group.
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