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Russia Compels African Prisoners To Fight On The Front Lines: Ukraine Urges AU To Act

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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has claimed that Russia is pushing African prisoners onto the front lines of their conflict with Ukraine.

Oleh Nikolenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian government, made this charge in a tweet iterating that:

“Putin is transporting African individuals who are detained in Russia to the battle in Ukraine.

We call on African Union and all African states to demand that Russia stop press-ganging their nationals. Africans shouldn’t die for Putin’s sick imperial ambitions.”

Lemekhani Nyirenda, a 23-year-old Zambian student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, was killed in action, and Lusaka is asking Moscow for an explanation.

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According to reports, he was incarcerated for a drug offense when he inexplicably passed away in Ukraine in September.

Interestingly, his release from custody is unknown, but according to a BBC Africa story, Russia has promised freedom to some detainees in exchange for participating in the conflict in Ukraine.

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Meanwhile, reports related to the Russia-Ukraine war suggest that the heads of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies condemned Russia’s assault against Ukraine “in the strongest terms.”

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The final communiqué, which was issued on Wednesday following a two-day summit in Indonesia, stated that although there were differing opinions, the majority of participants strongly denounced the war in Ukraine.

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