In August 2014 hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers deserted to Russia.
The Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios said that his department has lists of eight thousand law enforcement officers and military personnel who defected to the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic.
“At the moment we have a complete list, and collected evidence regarding five thousand law enforcement officers, and another three thousand soldiers who defected to the enemy, they will be held accountable,” – the Ukrainian newspaper “Vesti” leads quoting the words of Matios.
Fort Russ comments on this report:
[editor’s note – recall that on or about June 29th of this year, Plotnitsky [Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic] admitted that they could no longer conceal this fact, and that it was no longer politically correct to do so. There are a number of reasons soldiers do this, ranging from practical, pragmatic, self-interest as well as ideological, rational, emotional, and moral. Our information indicates that this number is significantly higher. The majority of Donbass ‘rebels’ themselves began either as defecting reserve or retired personnel, as well as those who had served as part of required service in the prior Soviet era]