Russian commanders have abandoned contract soldiers who refuse to continue participating in the war with Ukraine in a center for "refuseniks" in occupied Brianka, Luhansk oblast. This is written by The Insider, referring to the stories of relatives and soldiers.
"The relatives of nine soldiers who ended up in the center went to rescue them in the Luhansk oblast. The uncle of one of these "refuseniks" told he had recently crossed the border and talked with the local russian command. The commanders tell their relatives that they can do nothing, because the guys are being held captive by the "LNR" people, who allegedly do not obey the russian command", - the news agency writes.
The wife of one of the "refuseniks" managed to talk with the commander of the "LNR" himself, who is holding russian soldiers "captive". According to her, he spoke boorishly and warned that if any of the relatives managed to get to him, he would immediately turn them back, and the "refusenik" himself "would have problems".
Now the relatives of nine soldiers want to break into occupied Luhansk, where there are already 15 women (sisters, wives and mothers of "refuseniks"), they are trying to rescue contract soldiers.
The Insider was also able to contact one of them, who arrived in Brianka on July 22. Ivan (name changed) wrote a report about his refusal to participate in the war due to moral unpreparedness. Before being in Brianka, he spent three months in the war. In Brianka, the military is told that they need to go through two conversations - with a psychologist and with commanders who will decide what to do with the "refusenik".
Another interlocutor of The Insider - the father of one of the "refuseniks" - told that after three months of service, russian contract soldiers were promised a vacation and the opportunity to refuse to participate in hostilities. However, when they decided to leave Ukraine, having written refusals, they were detained and taken to Brianka, where they have been kept in custody for more than a month. According to the man, contractors are kept in terrible conditions: "Some kind of pits, tortures and the like. This is what the people who come from there say."