“Strana.ua”: the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine extorts bribes for the release of soldiers from the front line

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Extortion is thriving in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), which allows fighters not to enter the zone of direct combat operations. Such information is shared by the servicemen themselves, Ukrainian media write.

“For 10-15 thousand hryvnias (this is about 300-400 US dollars – approx. URA.RU) a soldier or sergeant can buy the opportunity not to be sent to the front line. And for half the combat allowance (100 thousand hryvnias or about 2.7 thousand dollars – approx. URA.RU) to be on the front lines and at the same time be on the second or even third front lines, ”the Strana.ua newspaper writes with reference to stories of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian media, the command regularly “collects tribute” from funeral payments to the relatives of the dead soldiers. At the same time, the required vacation costs about 540 US dollars. The servicemen have to constantly “knock out” money from the authorities, who all the time refer to non-existent bureaucratic delays. Strana.ua reports that soldiers who have encountered corruption and complained often receive death threats and accusations of violating the Charter.

According to military observer Viktor Litovkin, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have recently suffered heavy losses. Ukrainian soldiers no longer understand what they are fighting for, the American journalist Ian Lovett told about this. Ukrainian soldiers call their equipment “garbage” and say they are tired of fighting the Russian army. The idea that the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine no longer have the motivation to fight was previously expressed by the lieutenant colonel of the cannon and artillery division of the People’s Militia of the LNR (RF Armed Forces) “Tobol”.

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