12 officers were brought to justice, and the soldiers were returned to Russia. The prosecutor's office conducted an inspection on behalf of the president after it became known in March about the presence of conscripts in Ukraine
600 conscripts were involved in the special military operation in Ukraine, military prosecutor of the Western District Artur Egiev said at the Federation Council at a meeting of the Federation Council, Interfax reports.
About 12 officers were brought to justice, and conscripts returned “as soon as possible,” Egiev added.
RBC sent a request to the Ministry of Defense.
After the start of the military operation, President Vladimir Putin emphasized that only professional military men are participating in it— “Men who voluntarily made for themselves a very responsible choice to defend their homeland.” He assured that the Russian army had “enough forces and resources” to solve the assigned tasks with the help of a professional army.
However, a few days after that, the Ministry of Defense announced the discovery of “several the facts of the presence of conscripts” in units of the Armed Forces participating in hostilities in Ukraine. The representative of the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov, added that almost all conscripts had already been withdrawn to Russia, but some were captured.
Putin then instructed prosecutors to check and find those responsible for sending conscripts to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that before the start of the special operation, all unit commanders were instructed to exclude the involvement of conscripts for any tasks in Ukraine. According to Peskov, after that, Putin was informed about the implementation of this instruction.
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May 6, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Natalya Poklonskaya said that she had met with the mothers of Russian soldiers who were captured in Ukraine. According to her, at the meeting there were also mothers of conscripts, who “despite the instructions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, were sent to Ukraine, have not yet returned from there.”
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