Russian DNR soldier caught trying to get a job in Ukraine’s Armed Forces

Russian DNR soldier caught trying to get a job in Ukraine's Armed Forces. Image: Ukraine's Security Service

IN the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine, the SBU detained a former Russian DNR soldier who was trying to get a job in the Armed Forces.

The soldier is believed to have taken an oath of allegiance to the so-called “DNR” in 2019 and served as part of the Russian military before being caught trying to join Ukraine’s Armed Forces at the end of 2021.

According to Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), the soldier native of Donetsk “entered the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government in transit through Russia and at the end of 2021, voluntarily applied to the local military enlistment office to join the Armed Forces.”

“Prior to that, he had to study in one of the airborne assault units near Zhytomyr. However, thanks to the work of the Security Service of Ukraine in advance, he was exposed and prevented from entering the ranks of the Armed Forces,” the SBU said.

The Russian soldier has now been detained according to an update from the SBU on Tuesday, June 7.

“SBU investigators informed him about the suspicion under two articles of the Criminal Code.”

The SBU added: “The real goal of the participant’s “ardent desire” to serve in the army in Ukraine is also being established.

“In particular, the links of the ex-militant with the pseudo-special services of the so-called “DNR” and the probability of his cooperation with them are being monitored.”

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR or DNR) is a breakaway state located in Ukraine, which was formed on April 7, 2014, by pro-Russian separatists following the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity.

Ukraine’s Security Service has been releasing intercepted communications and operational updates since the start of the war in Ukraine and recently revealed that Russian soldiers had been trying to enter into “sham marriages to escape the war”.

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