The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, NP Saudreported this Tuesday the disappearance of a hundred Nepalese soldiers who served the Russian Army while fighting Ukrainian forces.
”We have received complaints that around 100 Nepalis are missing and injured. We have been informed by his family and friends,” Saud told Nepal’s state news agency.
The news comes ten days after the Himalayan country’s prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahalmake sure that more than 200 Nepalese could be serving Russian troops in the war against Ukraine.
The Government, however, for now does not have an exact number of Nepalis who have enlisted in the Russian ranks, most of them young people who, under the pretext of wanting to go to study or work in Russia, travel to fight against Ukraine, the official said. Minister.
As a result of this situation, the Nepalese authorities have made it mandatory to possession of a no-objection certificate for travel to Russia from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Gulf countries, Saud added.
Six Nepalese citizens serving in the Russian Army died and another four are being held by Ukrainian forces, according to the latest data issued by the Nepalese Foreign Ministry.
”We have been making efforts for his release. “We have requested the International Committee of the Red Cross to facilitate the immediate release of four captive Nepalis,” said Saud.
Nepal prohibits its citizens from serving in foreign armiesexcept for India and the United Kingdom.
Although political instability and the lack of employment opportunities in the Himalayan country pushes many young people, especially low-income people, to seek a life in other countries.
”People who suffer from poverty are not afraid of dying. As a result, Nepalis are joining the Russian army. The number could be huge,” he told Efe the Economist Chandramani Adhikari.
In recent years, several Nepalese have died in countries devastated by war, such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
(With information from EFE)