Dismissed Russian Soldiers Who Refused To Fight In The "Illegal War" In Ukraine Are Suing The Army

A group of soldiers from the Russian army are suing their own military after they were sacked for refusing to fight in Ukraine. A court case is due to start tomorrow at the Vladikavkaz military base in Russia.

25 Russian soldiers are suing the military after they were sacked for refusing to fight in Ukraine
25 Russian soldiers are suing the military after they were sacked for refusing to fight in Ukraine

In an unusual turn of events involving the Kremlin, 25 "refuseniks" from the National Guard went against the orders of their commanders' and refused to be involved in the invasion of Ukraine.


The soldiers are now pursuing North Caucasian District commander Lieutenant General Sergey Zakharov in court at the Vladikavkaz military base in south-west Russia.



According to lawyer and human rights campaigner Pavel Chikov, proceedings are due to begin tomorrow.


The case aims to prove that the dismissal order over their refusal to go to Ukraine was "illegal".


Hundreds of guards from over 17 different cities and regions have sought legal advice with the intention to follow the Vladikavkaz 25 in launching legal cases against the Russian army.


It is thought that the true number of "refuseniks" is likely much higher than being reported, some even estimating that between 20 and 40 percent of conscripted soldiers have refused to join the war in Ukraine.


Many Russian soldiers have been put off by the stories of brutal clashes in the eastern Donbas region, others have complained about being expected to wilfully kill their "Slavic neighbours".


Russia's National Guard is an internal security force that reports directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


The National Guard was sent to Ukraine at the start of the invasion when the Kremlin believed that Ukrainians would quickly surrender to Russian forces.



Although exact figures haven't been confirmed by Russia, it is believed that a large number of National Guard soldiers were killed at the start of the war.


Lawyers from several other cities and regions are working on similar cases, including Krasnodar, Nalchik, Cherkessk, Samara, Moscow region, Veliky Novgorod, Simferopol, Novocherkassk, Vladivostok, Stavropol, Abakan, Pskov, Orenburg, Ulan-Ude, Petersburg, and Smolensk.


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