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Farewell to Arms: Ukrainian Servicemen Deserting to Crimea

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Ukrainian soldiers are leaving the army ranks en masse, while many officers keep visiting Crimea, according to a report prepared by a Defense Ministry working group in Kiev, Ukrainian media reported.

Eighty-seven naval officers have deserted to Crimea since January and a total of 559 went AWOL last year, Dumskaya.net news portal wrote.

Only 135 people have been returned, while the command did not look for the deserters, and even covered up the desertions, the report said. 

“According to the Defense Ministry working group, the unit commanders are not looking for the deserters and even try to keep these cases under wraps. No information about 286 deserters could be found in the Navy files,” Dumskaya.net added.

Moreover, 155 officers of the Ukrainian Naval Forces visited Crimea allegedly for family reasons.

On March 11, 2014, following a coup in Kiev, Crimea adopted a declaration of independence from Ukraine, asking for reunification with Russia.

On March 16, 2014, some 96 percent of Crimean voters chose to rejoin Russia in a referendum.

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  • anne00marie
    Interesting, but can they be trusted?
  • ivanwa88
    Is anyone at all surprised these guys are sailors and soldiers NOT suicide bombers? would you like being in Ukraine armed forces right now with the hostile anti-Russia rhetoric flying around!

    Like they really want to be pitched against Russian forces? with or without NATO!
    like I said there not suicidal.
  • armor
    Russia will decide if they are good people. If yes, take them , that's where they belong.
  • When you defend your land against the tyrants or the oligarchs, you're a hero. When defending the oligarchs or the tyrants against your land, then you are a deserter.
  • Many of these Soldiers and Sailors may well be from the east or Russian descended or married to a Russian and have no desire to fight their brothers. Where do people think the Donbass resistance got their weapons and officers? Early in the conflict there were reports of many missing weapons, such as man portable anti-air. Well, I would wager that many officers saw the writing on the wall and made off with everything they could fit into a van - knowing that war was inevitable. Other officers may have been more hesitant to take such bold action, but now realizing that a resolution to this conflict is not even on the horizon are now taking bold action too.
  • backfromthegraavin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
    anne00marie, NO ... AmeriCuns can NEVER EVER be TRUSTED
  • Max Manus
    I'm sure they are being monitored by security services.
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
    anne00marie, Maybe the Crimean authorities will keep an eye on them for a while.
  • michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Erik, yes that was the point I was going to make. The numbers of military who do have those family ties of marriage or birthright to Russia. From what I saw in Kiev (years ago) there are many more in the general populace who are in the same situation.
  • Ann in reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
    anne00marie, Yes, they could be simply pre-positioning troops ahead of an assault in Crimea - I wouldn't want to be one of them when the Russians crack down...
  • jerstef
    Ahahah!!Vlad the Czar!!
    Ukros??welcome home...it`s about time.
    People,don`t worry about Trojan condoms(oops,I mean horses),Vlad knows!!
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