Mobilized Bashkirs Steer Clear of Frontline Action in Ukraine

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.19 - 2024 7:51 AM CET

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Bashkirs are sidestepping direct engagement in the conflict in Ukraine.

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In a new development reported by Ukraine's National Resistance Center (NRC), Bashkirs mobilized into the Russian army are conspicuously sidestepping direct engagement in the conflict in Ukraine.

This trend emerges amidst escalating tensions in Bashkortostan, sparked by the arrest and subsequent four-year imprisonment of Fail Alsinov, a prominent figure in both environmental advocacy and the Bashkir national movement.

The crackdown on protestors rallying against Alsinov's detention has not gone unnoticed.

Ukrainian underground operatives have unveiled evidence of ethnically motivated preferential treatment within the Russian military.

Bashkir officers are reportedly reallocating their compatriots to roles away from the frontline, opting instead to bolster their morale with awards and recognition.

The reassignment sees Bashkir personnel predominantly occupying secondary positions along the Kreminna and Avdiivka fronts.

Their involvement is now confined to logistical support, maintenance, and aiding in the evacuation of frontline Russian forces.

This strategic relocation aims at preserving the Bashkir contingent for future endeavors pertinent to the national liberation movement within Bashkortostan.

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