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Donbass, mercenaries: 400 corpses of Poles, 240 from the USA, 160 from Canada, 100 from Romania, hundreds taken prisoner

Donbass, mercenaries: 400 corpses of Poles, 240 from the USA, 160 from Canada, 100 from Romania, hundreds taken prisoner

Photo: Vladimir Gerdo/TASS

The Russian Defense Ministry has published statistics on foreign mercenaries in Ukraine. It follows that the largest number of mercenaries came from Poland, Canada and the United States.

“Among European countries, the undisputed leader in the number of both arrived and dead mercenaries is Poland. Since the beginning of the special military operation, 1831 people have arrived in Ukraine, of which 378 have already been destroyed and 272 mercenaries have left for their homeland. It is followed by Romania – 504 arrived, 102 dead, 98 left. The United Kingdom is in third place: 422 arrivals, 101 deaths, 95 departures, ”said the representative of the department. Igor Konashenkov.

Most of the North American mercenaries came from Canada – 601 people, of which 162 were killed and 169 left the combat zone. In second place is the United States – 530 arrived, 214 died, 227 left.

From the Middle East, Transcaucasia and Asia, most of all, 355 mercenaries, arrived from Georgia, of which 120 were destroyed and 90 left Ukraine. Another 200 people from terrorist groups were transferred from the US-controlled areas of the Syrian Trans-Euphrates. To date, 80 of them have been destroyed and 66 have left Ukraine.

According to Konashenkov, in total, representatives of 64 countries are on the side of the Ukrainian armed formations. In total, about two thousand foreigners were killed.

In addition, Konashenkov stressed that “the flow of mercenaries has not only decreased, but is actually turning in the opposite direction” against the backdrop of “military failures of the Kyiv regime and massive daily losses.”

Meanwhile, it became known that British mercenaries sentenced to death in the DNR could still be exchanged. First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Andrey Lugovoy believes that Sean Pinner I Eden Eslinas well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim can only be exchanged for citizens of Russia and Russian military personnel.

“I think that their fate is unenviable. Shooting is the only thing they deserve. But we must be pragmatic. As far as I understand, there are also our prisoners in the hands of the Ukrainian side,” he said, adding that if there is any kind of exchange, it should be only citizens and military of the Russian Federation.

Former head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin stated that there were no grounds for pardoning British mercenaries sentenced to death.

It is worth noting that the public both in the Donbass and in Russia is clearly determined to carry out the sentence. Again, if you show pragmatism, then whom to change? On ordinary military personnel according to the formula “one for one”? Or just ten?

The mercenaries themselves asked to be blamed for Viktor Medvedchuk.

By the way, the exchange fund is growing – the other day two Americans were captured, and another one was missing, perhaps he is also in captivity.

In the United States, this news was treated very cool and skeptical. The State Department said it had decided to investigate the authenticity of a photograph that may show two Americans who are believed to have been taken prisoner. And the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged US citizens not to travel to Ukraine. This already clearly looks like an attempt to be baptized.

That is, Washington will not bargain for its own? And do we need this bargain?

Is “pragmatism” appropriate here? And who should decide this at all: Russia or the republics of Donbass?

– Formally, this is decided by the court and the leaders of the DPR-LPR, but in fact – the leadership of Russia, – I am convinced Director of the EAEU Institute Vladimir Lepekhin.

“SP”: According to Lugovoi, mercenaries can only be exchanged for Russian citizens and Russian servicemen. What about citizens of the DPR without Russian passports? And what about the foreigners who fought for the DPR, but were taken prisoner? Are they not worthy?

– In fact, foreign mercenaries captured by Russia can be exchanged for citizens persecuted in those countries from where, in fact, these mercenaries arrived in Ukraine. For example, American mercenaries captured by us can only be exchanged for Russians (Sole) and other figures (Assange).

You can’t mix statuses. Russia’s trade in British prisoners of war can only be with Britain, and Ukraine should not participate in this.

“SP”: Apparently, the topic is very disturbing to Johnson. How far can he go to rescue his own? The British press wrote that he could even agree to easing sanctions and reducing the flow of weapons to Ukraine…

“Let it be Johnson who is racking his brains about his mercenaries and offers Russia options for paying off. British mercenaries should not be the subject of any bargaining with the Ukrainian side.

“SP”: Here, by the way, two more Americans were caught. Perhaps even three. Is Biden ready to pull them out? Judging by the reaction of the State Department, not really …

– But let this be Biden’s headache. It is possible that the US president’s indifferent attitude towards his compatriots who were taken prisoner will cost him more than one point of his rating.

“SP”: Lugovoi calls to be pragmatic. Indeed, a good ransom can be paid for mercenaries. But public consciousness clearly demands the execution of the sentence. Is pragmatism appropriate here?

— Pragmatism requires adherence to certain rules and principles. At least Russia, which at one time refused to extradite Lugovoi to British law enforcement officers, acted not on the basis of pragmatic considerations, but on principles of great geopolitical significance.

– It is curious to observe these or those ideas of a possible exchange of captured mercenaries, – says political consultant, media technologist Konstantin Dolgov.

Representatives of the deputy corps express their thoughts, a variety of opinions are voiced. Here, Mr. Lugovoy, for example, offers to exchange mercenaries for captured Russian citizens. It sounds good. All our people who are in trouble, no doubt, need to be released. But there is a nuance.

Firstly, several thousand AFU officers have already been taken prisoner. This is also an exchange fund. It is many times larger than Ukrainian. Why is it proposed to change the mercenaries? Let’s start with the “Azovites” * (an organization banned in the Russian Federation) in general. What kind of nonsense?

Secondly, to exchange mercenaries today means to send a clear signal to bandits and thugs from all over the world: you can safely go to fight against the Russians, you will not be hanged or shot if you are captured. There you will be fed, watered, and eventually exchanged. Why should we send such signals? So that scum from all over the world would go to fight against us? Do we need it?

Thirdly, about the idea of ​​exchanging only citizens of the Russian Federation. Excuse me, but only Russian citizens take part in the NWO? And what about the guys from the DPR and LPR, who did not have time to get Russian passports? What about guys from other regions of the former Ukraine who are fighting today as part of the army corps of the Donbass republics?

Many of them do not have a Russian passport yet. They, too, can fall into Ukrainian captivity. Shouldn’t they be exchanged? Is this the idea of ​​the deputy? What, there are different Russians, different varieties, so to speak? Original, nothing to say.

Fourthly, I think it is right that the decision on the future fate of both mercenaries and members of all kinds of “Azov” members is made not by State Duma deputies, with all due respect to them, but directly by the residents of Donbass. They are the injured party. They have their own authorities, they have their own legitimate elected leadership. Let them decide. It will be right and fair.

* Images of chevrons of the Azov Battalion, recognized as extremist by the decision of the Frunzensky District Court of Vladimir 11/30/2015 and included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials under item 3269.

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