“Yesterday around 20:30, 41 Ukrainian soldier left their military units and arrived at the Ukrainian checkpoint Izvarino. They appealed to the militia to assist them in the crossing to the territory of Russia because they do not want to fight against their own people,” – said the head of the press service of the border service of Russia in Rostov region Vasily Malaev.
As the border servicemen told RIA Novosti, the soldiers thanked the militia on the border for their help, the parties shook hands and hugged goodbyes. According to Malaev, the Ukrainian soldiers have crossed into Russia through the Russian checkpoint “Donetsk”.
This is not the first time Ukrainian soldiers leave their line of duty. The report of the commander of the Ukrainian unit V0849 Colonel Grishchenko said that on July 16 149 soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian Army 3rd mechanized battalion, tank battalion and company snipers deserted their military positions in the region of Donetsk Amvrosiivka and handed over their weapons.
Another document dated 23 July indicates that at one of the checkpoints 32 Ukrainian Army soldiers dressed in civilian clothes, left the place of service and fled in an unknown direction.