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Russian embassy urges Thais not to join fight

Russian embassy urges Thais not to join fight

BANGKOK: The embassy of Russia in Bangkok has warned Thai citizens against volunteering to fight alongside Ukrainians.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 6 March 2022, 10:52AM

A protester joins a rally against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Lumpini Park yesterday (Mar 5). Photo: Somchai Poomlard

A protester joins a rally against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Lumpini Park yesterday (Mar 5). Photo: Somchai Poomlard

The embassy posted a statement on its Facebook account yesterday (Mar 5) that the Russian Defence Ministry strongly advises against such participation in foreign military campaigns, reports the Bangkok Post.

Last week, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky published on the office’s website an appeal to foreign citizens to help the country fight against Russia’s invasion which some liken to a war.

“The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is addressing all citizens of the world, friends of Ukraine, peace and democracy. Anyone who wants to join the defense of Ukraine, Europe and the world can come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians against Russia.

“Foreigners have the right to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine for military service under a contract of a voluntary basis to be included in the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Thai Residential

“A separate subdivision is being formed of foreigners entitled the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine. There is no greater contribution [which] you can make for the sake of peace. For enrolment and details please contact the Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Ukraine in your country,’” the embassy wrote.

The embassy of Russia says that under international humanitarian law such mercenaries do not qualify as combatants and cannot be granted prisoner-of-war status.

The statement comes after three Thais had offered to volunteer and fight to defend Ukraine on March 3.

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Kurt | 15 March 2022 - 07:57:42

Russian embassies in Europe don't get a chance to come out with such 'urge'.The embassy should put her energy in evacuating Russians in need  back to Russia.

christysweet | 07 March 2022 - 11:01:27

Russia has been a huge supporter of NRA as fomenting civil unrest  is Putin's MO, the irony of having it boomerang on him- delicious. 

JohnC | 07 March 2022 - 09:29:26

Russian embassy WARNS Thai citizens (while Thailand's leader does nothing). Any leader with a backbone would shut down their embassy and kick them out for such inflamatory comments. 

JohnC | 07 March 2022 - 09:26:48

Have to agree with ms sweet. America must be bursting at the seams with all the redneck white trash frothing at the mouth to go and legally shoot people. And they are Reds after all. 

charles | 06 March 2022 - 22:47:05

mercenary implies that you are being hired paid  these people are volunteers, Putin is asking for more trouble if he treats these people  outside the rules of the Geneva convention

christysweet | 06 March 2022 - 16:14:19

There you go, grocery store gun-toting NRA  nutters of USA- your chance to go and shoot at people- and for a good cause!  

Fascinated | 06 March 2022 - 13:33:38

Russia threatens the citizens of yet another country. On the bright side at least its too far for them to invade, other than with 'high spending, high quality tourists'. Oh, hang on- they can't be 'high spending' at the moment can they!


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