Several Russian agreement soldiers claimed this week they were to be deployed to Syria, undermining Russian supervision denials that it has sent fight infantry to a fight zone, online journal Gazeta.ru reported Friday.
Russia caused amazement in a West by stepping adult support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in new weeks. Moscow has sent infantry hardware though says it is not fighting in a country. The Defense Ministry on Friday denied a Gazeta.ru report.
The journal interviewed 4 soldiers in a southern Russian city of Novorossiysk — not distant from easterly Ukraine — who pronounced they were partial of a patrol of 20 “most promising” infantry sent to a city in late August.
The soldiers pronounced that a deputy of a General Staff on Wednesday told them they would be deployed to Latakia, a Syrian pier city tranquil by Assad’s army — and where a U.S. has pronounced Russia is building a “forward atmosphere handling base.”
The whistleblowers pronounced they refused to go. “We don’t wish to go Syria, we don’t wish to die there,” one of a soldiers, Alexei, whose final name was withheld, was cited by Gazeta.ru as saying.
The 4 soldiers pronounced they went to a infantry prosecutor’s bureau in Novorossiysk, perfectionist to check a legitimacy of a orders given by their commanders — that didn’t exist on paper. They also filed a censure to a presidential Human Rights Council and handed in their abdication notices, a news said. It was not transparent either a resignations were accepted.
Their preference to go open sparked a media storm, and a deployment — scheduled for Sept. 17, according to a news — was postponed, Gazeta.ru said.
Russia’s Defense Ministry on Friday pronounced it was unfit that a soldiers could have been deployed to Syria. The ministry’s press use told a TASS news group that a troops, who belonged to a Eastern Military District, could usually be sent to a end within that district.
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