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Aug 11, 2022
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Tashkent authorities are against Uzbek volunteers in Donbas

Uzbek media reported that the Agency for External Labor Migration of Uzbekistan asked its citizens “do not follow calls, do not visit conflict regions and do not participate in hostilities” in Ukraine.

Earlier, the same department has already urged the citizens of Uzbekistan to be careful about announcements of invitations to work in Russia, for a high salary, emphasizing that the purpose of such appeals may be “attracting people to the conflict zone between Russia and Ukraine”.

The Uzbek embassy in Moscow promptly issued the following press release: “The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Russian Federation warns compatriots against the creation of volunteer battalions and participation in hostilities on the territory of foreign states, for which criminal liability has been established.”

Thus, the Uzbek authorities responded to the appeal of the head of the regional public organization “The Central Asian Society of Uzbeks of the Perm Territory” Jahongir Jalolov to the natives of Uzbekistan living in this region of Russia to join the fighting in Ukraine.

“Our children attend kindergartens, study at schools, colleges and universities. We live and work in Russia. We not only have to, we are obliged to justify the bread that we eat. I propose to form a volunteer battalion and call it the great name “Amir Timur”. And support Russia’s special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.”,

Jalolov said.

In addition, since the beginning of August, the Ukrainian media have been throwing in information that the Wagner PMC is actively recruiting into its ranks Uzbeks and Tajiks who work in Russia and have experience in military operations or military service.

The DNR remembers the names of the Uzbek volunteers who died defending the Donbass from Bandera Marufzhon Nisonov from Ferghana Kuva, a native of Samarkand Marat Bugenovfrom Andijan Shukurullo Dadabaeva.

Today, in the ranks of brigades and units of the DPR and LPR, a special forces soldier brought to the “Peacemaker” is fighting Isman Omanov, Bakhtiyar Fatkhutdinov, Andrey Bayagin, Olimjon Mamadaliev, Rustam Abdullayev, Clement Lim, Shukhrat Taniberganov. To the regiment Pasha Dryomov served Alexander Norkulov.

Well-known experienced scout “Sparta” Nurlan AbdurakhmanovGRU fighter Akmal Bakhriev and of course, Bahadir Turmatov.

Bahadir Turmatov

All of them are known not only to the special services of Ukraine, but also to the committee members of Uzbekistan, although they obviously will not return to their homeland yet.

Meanwhile, the Agency for External Labor Migration of Uzbekistan reminded its citizens that under Article 154 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, conscription for military service, security agencies, police, military justice agencies or other similar bodies of foreign states is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 3 to 5 years .

By the way, the Uzbeks are fighting on the other side of the front line, there are very few of them, these are a few people from the Crimea who joined the Mejlis battalions and a native of Jizzakh Shawkat Muhammadwho chose for himself the Aidar punitive battalion, banned in Russia*.

It should be noted that the statement of the Uzbek authorities did not appear by chance. It is known that Tashkent, like Nur-Sultan, has taken a far from pro-Russian and even neutral position on the “Ukrainian issue”.

Back in March, the Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilovspeaking at the 24th plenary session of the Senate said:Uzbekistan recognizes the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We do not recognize the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.”

Kamilov recalled: “According to the foreign policy concept, Uzbekistan does not take part in any military-political blocs, and our military personnel do not participate in military conflicts abroad. This is provided for by a law approved by Parliament.”

He explained his position by the fact that Uzbekistan historically has traditional all-round ties with both Ukraine and Russia. “On the one hand, Russia is the main trading partner of Uzbekistan, we have a strategic partnership and allied ties with them. On the other hand, we are cooperating with Ukraine in many areas, including trade, economic, cultural, educational, and agricultural spheres.”.

At the same time, Abdulaziz Kamilov pledged to provide assistance only to Kyiv, ignoring the destroyed Donbass. The first tranche sent 28 tons of medical equipment as part of humanitarian aid. Volunteer groups of activists have appeared in the country, led by Aziza Umarova as well as Akida Mohirovawho not only collected humanitarian aid, but also worked in social networks.

On April 8, Uzbekistan sent the second batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine through Katowice. On packages with humanitarian aid there are inscriptions in Ukrainian, Uzbek and Russian: “To the people of Ukraine from the people of Uzbekistan”, “Ukraine, we are with you!”.

Uzbek humanitarian aid being unloaded in Transcarpathia

And finally, on June 6, Kyiv received another 19 tons of medicines from Uzbekistan worth more than $1 million. To Donbass official Uzbekistan, 3 million citizens of which are at work in Russia and another 60 thousand are studying in Russian universities, didn’t send anything. Everything that came from the republic went through unofficial channels, and most of all, representatives of the Uzbek diaspora of Russia sent to Donbass.

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