Hundreds of Sri Lankans hospitalised in Russia-Ukraine war

Sri Lanka should make greater efforts to bring back citizens in mercenary companies who injured in a war between Russia and Ukraine, including sending a special presidential envoy, legislator Dayasiri Jayasekera said.

At the moment there is no Sri Lanka ambassador in Russia.

“If we can, send a special envoy from the President to Russia, and discuss with the Defence Secretary at least to bring back the injured in Russian hospitals,” Jayasekera who was one of the first legislators to bring attention to the growing recruitment of Sri Lankan ex-soldiers for Russia’s war.

“There are many injured Sri Lankans in Russia. Some have lost their fingers, in others legs have been cut (kakul kaperla).

“Then we can secondly bring back the people in the camps. There is a diplomatic intervention that is needed. We need some plan to bring back the 600 or so people who are there.”

One Sri Lanka ex-soldier estimated that 200 to 300 Sri Lankans may be treated in Russian hospitals at the moment and about 200 may have died. Up to 800 or more Sri Lankans – mainly ex-soldiers – may have left the country to fight for Russia, he said.

Related Over 200 Sri Lanka ex-soldiers dead in Russia-Ukraine frontline as drone fodder, escapee says

How Many?

Authorities are still trying to find out how many left for Russia and Ukraine.

Assistant Superintend Harendrda Janakantha of the Human Trafficking and Maritime Crimes unit of Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department told Derana Television last week that they confirmed that 60 Sri Lankans have left for Russia and 54 tried to leave for Ukraine, and 23 made it.

“People can say that there are 800 to 1,000,” Janakantha said. “May be that is also possible. But so far these are numbers we have confirmed through our investigations.

So far only three are confirmed to have returned, he said.

“There is information that that about 700 to 800 have left,” Senior Superintended Nihal Thalduwa said.

“But we cannot say that. We are still investigating. We have only recently started the investigation.

“Large numbers (visharler sankyawak) are injured and large numbers have died.”

A retired Major General who was involved in an recruitment drive has already been arrested.

Shadowy PMCs

Several Private Military Companies (PMCs) including Wagner, at one time headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who who was killed in a plane crash shortly after a mutiny against Russian President Vladimir Putin are recruiting convicts and foreigners to fight the war against Ukraine.

All Wagner fighters who are willing to continue to fight for Russia were given new contracts, reports said at the time.

Several other shadowy PMCs including Redut, believed to be under Russian intelligence agency GRU, are recruiting mercenaries, according to western media reports.

Ukrainian researchers who interviewed captured mercenaries and seized documents left behind in regained territories found that mercenaries were promised a salary of 200,000 roubles (about 653,000 rupees at current exchange rates), 25,000 dollar for grave injury and 60,000 compensation for death.

Sri Lanka returnee have said salaries of 700,000 rupees Sri Lanka a month or more but the promised amount has not been given.

The mercenary firms are financed by the Russian defence ministry and according to Western reports, and are set up to provide veneer of distance and deniability.

  • All
  • Australia News
  • Business News
  • Entertainment News
  • International News
  • Sports News
  • Sri Lanka News
    •   Back
    • India News
Load More

End of Content.

latest NEWS

  • All
  • Australia News
  • Business News
  • Entertainment News
  • International News
  • Sports News
  • Sri Lanka News
    •   Back
    • India News