Russian military cadets take part in the Victory Day military parade at Dvortsovaya Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 5, 2022. Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images
- A Russian soldier, who refused to fight in the Ukraine, said The Guardian wants to leave the army.
- The soldier said that since there is no martial law in Russia, he is not obliged to fight.
- His comments come amid reports that Putin is seeking to impose martial law to keep the war going.
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A Russian soldier told The Guardian that he is leaving the army because there is no point in fighting in Ukraine.
The soldier, identified only as Dmitri, is a member of a unit currently stationed in Belgorod, a Russian city near the Ukrainian border, The Guardian reported.
He was transferred to the city after he and eight other soldiers from his battalion refused to continue fighting in Ukraine. It is not clear where exactly he fought in the Ukraine.
“I have served for five years in the army. My contract ends in June,” Dmitri told The Guardian. “I’ll do the time I have left and then I’ll be out of here.”
“I have nothing to be ashamed of. We are not officially in a state of war, so they couldn’t force me to go,” he added.
Dmitri also told The Guardian that he didn’t want to continue fighting in Ukraine because he wanted to return to his family alive, rather than “in a coffin”.
“A lot of us just didn’t want to go back,” he added.
His refusal to fight comes amid reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin will “likely” impose martial law to keep the war going on in Ukraine, nearly four months into his invasion.
Until now, he has preferred to euphemistically describe the war as a “special military operation.”
US director of national intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers on Tuesday that she believes Putin is “preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas.”
But Russian forces have not made any significant progress in their new offensive in eastern Ukraine, in part due to low morale and the refusal of some troops to “obey orders,” a senior defense official said earlier this week. from the US, according to The Daily Beast.