According to information of the people's militia proclaimed Luhansk people's Republic, more than 10 thousand Ukrainian soldiers defected from the Ukrainian army during the fighting in the Donbass.
"according to our information, more than 10 thousand Soldiers deserted from the Ukrainian army during the military operation in Donbas in 2014-2015", - has declared on Tuesday of RIA "news" the official representative of the people's militia LNR.
according to his statement, similar Data publicly announced in June, the head of military police of the armed forces of Ukraine Alexander Dublyany." in 2014, the desertion had mass character. Information about willfully abandoned servicemen of Military units of the Ukrainian police make in registers of information on criminal offences", - has added. According to information of the people's militia, now for absence without leave by a fine or probation punished more than 400 Ukrainian military, three soldiers are deprived of liberty for 7 years. The interviewee recalled that, in a reversal from the Ukrainian army, the militia LNR consists of volunteers. On the first day of the week the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, speaking on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the independence of his country, said that the victims force special operations in the Donbass were about 2, 1 thousand Ukrainian soldiers. In addition, the head of Ukraine said that until there was no guarantee of refusal of conscription and did not rule out new waves of mobilization. As said the chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios, his Ministry had a list of 8 thousand employees of Ukrainian law enforcement and soldiers who defected to the militia. Since mid-April last year, the Kyiv authorities are in the East of Ukraine "special operation" to suppress the protest movement in the Donbass. Refers to a large number of dead and wounded among the civilian population and the destruction of houses and infrastructure.