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Farewell to Arms: Over 10,000 Soldiers Desert Ukrainian Army

© Sputnik / Julia Nasulina / Go to the photo bankUkrainian soldiers ask for shelter in Russia
Ukrainian soldiers ask for shelter in Russia - Sputnik International
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Desertion galore: Ukrainian men understand the absurdity of the war their government is waging.

Ukrainian soldier sits atop of a self-propelled gun as an army column of military vehicles prepares to roll to a frontline near Illovaisk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine - Sputnik International
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More than 10,000 cases of desertion have been registered in the Ukrainian Army since the outbreak of the Donbass war in April 2014, Ukrainian Vesti reported.

In 2014 the army suffered heavy desertion and nearly 30 percent of the servicemen called up in the first wave of mobilization (March 17) abandoned their positions, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

Ukrainian parliament Verkhovna Rada has announced six waves of mobilization so far. By the end of 2014 the strength of Ukrainian Armed Forces grew from 130,000 to 232,000.

Matveyev-Kurgan checkpoint in Rostov Region - Sputnik International
Some 1.3 Million Ukrainian Draftees Reside in Russia - Russian Official
Ukrainians have been protesting against the mobilization. They travel to work abroad or simply reside at their relatives' in other countries. Almost 1,3 million Ukrainian draftees live in Russia.

Since April 7, 2014 the Kiev authorities have been waging war against Donbass self-defense forces who rejected the legitimacy of the coup-imposed Ukrainian government and declared the independent republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Official figures estimate the number of victims to near 6,500. But the German intelligence reported of 50,000 victims in February 2015.

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