Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announces a decision to withdraw troops deployed to Africa and other UN missions to boost his fight against Russia. He has already signed a decree to commence the repatriation.
The UN said Ukraine has troops in African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); a deployment considered the largest contingent of the country as it has about 250 troops in MONUSCO. The country is said to also have 16 troops in South Sudan, 12 in Mali, Sudan among others.
The news was confirmed by Andriy Sybiha, the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office. The president is also said to have included in the decree, the repatriation of the country’s equipment across missions in both Africa and Europe.
Sybiha said the “President of Ukraine V. Zelensky made the decision to recall Ukrainian peacekeepers – high-professional military – from all missions in the world.”
A statement attributed to the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada also said the “President urges Ukrainian soldiers to withdraw from peacekeeping operations together with the equipment to strengthen the Ukrainian army standing against Russian aggression.”