world : Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in Ukraine

world : Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in Ukraine
world : Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in Ukraine

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:51 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Some said they were coerced into taking up combat roles in the Russian army.

Others have also enlisted of their own accord.

"We regret to state that two Indian nationals who had been recruited by the Russian Army have recently been killed in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine," the foreign ministry statement said, without naming the victims.

The ministry also urged Indian nationals to "exercise caution while seeking employment opportunities in Russia".

In May Indian police arrested four people allegedly linked to a network of human traffickers on suspicion of luring young men to Russia with the promise of jobs or education, only to force them to fight in Ukraine.

At least two other Indians died earlier this year while fighting for Russian forces.

Despite urging Russia to return Indian nationals serving in the Russian army, India has refused to condemn the Kremlin over its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, urging the two sides to seek peace through dialogue and diplomacy.

Meanwhile Nepal and Sri Lanka have warned their citizens not to be lured in by the false promises of human traffickers in recent months, after it emerged that hundreds of their nationals were taking part in the war as mercenaries.

Kathmandu says at least 20 Nepalese have died fighting for Russia.

At least 16 former Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed in the conflict so far, most of them for the Russian army.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry raised the issue with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday, the ministry said.

It was agreed that "no further recruitment from Sri Lanka will be done", the ministry said.

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