During the military operation in Donbass from the Ukrainian army defected over 10 thousand Soldiers, said the head of Department military police military power of Ukraine Alexander Dublyany.
"in 2014 (desertion) had a mass character, about 10 thousand (soldiers) voluntarily left the Military unit. With regard to them had been made to the registries data on criminal offences, "said the Commissioner of the General staff, writes the Ukrainian newspaper" Vesti ". This year the number of deserters has decreased significantly and is about 100 military. Of dublyany has supplemented his words by the fact that now, for absence without leave be fined or punished with probation about 400 military, but the other three were incarcerated for 7 years. In March, the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko admitted that among military personnel, placed under the 1st mobilization was almost thirty percent of deserters. And in April The Washington post reported that Ukrainian conscripts prefer to be in prison for evading military service, not only to participate in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the Ukrainian media said that the real terms for refusing to serve in the army on mobilization in Ukraine received a few dozen people, the number who received an administrative judgment exceeds a few hundred.