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Cubans forced to fight for Russia in Ukraine – Cuban Foreign Ministry

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 01:03
Cubans forced to fight for Russia in Ukraine – Cuban Foreign Ministry

Cuba has uncovered a human trafficking network coercing Cuban citizens into fighting on Russia's side in the war against Ukraine, and the country is making efforts to "neutralise and dismantle" the network.

Source: Cuban Foreign Ministry; Reuters

Details: A statement issued by the Cuban Foreign Ministry late on Monday night [4 September] gave few details but noted that the trafficking network operated both on the territory of the Caribbean Island nation, thousands of kilometres from Moscow, and in Russia itself.


Quote: "The Ministry of the Interior... is working on the neutralisation and dismantling of a human trafficking network that operates from Russia to incorporate Cuban citizens living there, and even some from Cuba, into the military forces participating in war operations in Ukraine.

Cuba is not part of the war in Ukraine. (Cuba) is acting and will act energetically against anyone... who participates in any form of human trafficking for the purpose of recruitment of Cuban citizens as mercenaries to use arms against any country.

Attempts of this nature have been neutralised and criminal proceedings have been initiated against people involved in these activities."

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