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General Staff: Over 100 Russian soldiers desert in occupied Lysychansk and near Bakhmut

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 28, 2023 9:23 PM 1 min read
An aerial view showing the destruction in the front-line city of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, on May 23, 2023. (Photo: Defense of Ukraine / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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About 80 Russian soldiers in the occupied city of Lysychansk, Luhansk Oblast, as well as about 30 mercenaries of the Wagner Group near the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast deserted from the battlefield, the General Staff reported on May 28.

Russian soldiers from the Storm-Z unit “voluntarily left their combat positions” in Lysychansk, which became the final Ukrainian holdout in Luhansk Oblast in July last year. the report reads.

On May 25, another 20 Russian soldiers, who were all former prisoners called to serve the army in exchange for early release, also deserted from the city of Svatove in Luhansk Oblast.

According to the General Staff report, they stole a Russian-produced Kamaz heavy truck and “left in an unknown direction.”

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