A Russian court upheld the firing of 115 national guardsmen who sued after refusing to participate in Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.
This looks to be the first official evidence of soldiers refusing to participate in Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine, which began on February 24.
The National Guard, a domestic security unit independent from the Russian army, was questioned by a military court in Russia’s southern Kabardino-Balkaria province on Thursday.
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It dismissed the defendants’ appeal after concluding that they “arbitrarily refused to undertake an official task.”
The hearing was held behind closed doors to protect “military secrets,” according to the court.
The troops refused to carry out an assignment relating to Moscow’s “special operation” in Ukraine, according to the Interfax news agency, citing the court’s press office.