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Defence Ministry reveals number of deserters from army

Defence Ministry reveals number of deserters from army

There are 9,300 deserters from the Ukrainian army, First Deputy Minister Ivan Rusnak has said at a meeting of the parliamentary committee for national security and defence, according to UNIAN.

He was commenting on bill No 9454 which introduces the term "suspension of military service".

"This has to do with the fact that there are 9,268 people who deserted from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Therefore this term will apply to people who voluntarily left their military units, deserted from military service or voluntarily surrendered," he said.

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