Russia Fires Guards Who Refused to Fight in Ukraine

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Russia has fired members of the National Guard who refused to participate in the war in Ukraine. A Russian court has confirmed the dismissal of 115 guards who contested their dismissal.


The National Guard is an internal security service that is separate from the Russian army.

The case appears to be the first official confirmation that Russians are refusing to participate in what Moscow calls the special military operation in Ukraine.

A military court in the South Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria ruled that the guards “refused to carry out an official order”. Their protests have been rejected, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

The hearing was held behind closed doors to prevent “military secrets” from being revealed, the court said.

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