The war in Ukraine: Kazakhstan condemns attempts to recruit its citizens into the Russian army

The war in Ukraine: Kazakhstan condemns attempts to recruit its citizens into the Russian army

“We have observed in our region attempts to recruit local residents of the Russian Federation to participate in the armed conflict in Ukraine,” the prosecutor of the Kostanay (Northern) region said in a statement on Thursday evening.

This vast region, one-third the size of France, borders Russia and more than 40% of its 880,000 residents are of Russian origin.

And this is the first statement by the Kazakh authorities in this sense, when dozens of citizens of the former Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) have already been killed in the fighting in Ukraine, according to local media.

Obtaining information on this subject is complicated, and it is the prerogative of the security services that restrict its broadcasting, especially since the countries of the region are part of political, military and economic alliances with Russia.

Kostanay’s public prosecutor also noted calls for separatism by some Kazakh citizens.

In recent months, few Kazakh citizens have been convicted of pro-Russian separatism in general, and Russian propagandists have repeatedly threatened Kazakhstan as the next target of the Kremlin’s expansionist ambitions.

Kazakhstan shares the world’s longest unbroken land border with Russia (more than 7,500 km).

The Kazakh authorities have repeatedly urged their compatriots not to fight in Ukraine, where the Russian army is trying to attract recruits to compensate for its losses, promising various benefits.

Thus, immigrants from the former Soviet republics in Central Asia living in Russia, who are economically destitute, far from their home countries and Russian speakers in general, became prime targets.

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