The Kremlin is sending citizens of African countries imprisoned in Russia to fight in the war in Ukraine, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said in Kyiv. Earlier, Reuters reported that Lemekhani Nathan Nyirenda, a Zambian national who was serving a prison sentence in Moscow, had died in the war.
The spokesman called on the African Union and all African countries to demand that Russia stop forcing their citizens to take part in the fighting. “Africans should not die in the name of Putin’s sick imperial ambitions,” he added.
⚡️Zambia seeks explanation after national conscripted by Russia and sent to Ukraine.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) November 15, 2022
Zambia's government has asked Russia how its citizen serving jail time in Moscow was recruited to fight in Ukraine, where he was killed, Zambia's FM Stanley Kakubo said, Reuters reports.
Russia informed Zambia of the death of its citizen in September.
Student from Zambia died in Ukraine— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) November 14, 2022
He "died on the battlefield", according to the Zambian Foreign Ministry. The ministry demands to explain how a citizen of Zambia ended up in the war in Ukraine. He was taken to the war from a Russian prison where he served a term of 9.5 years. pic.twitter.com/G6oMYF0yNr