Russian embassy urges Thais not to join fight

Russian embassy urges Thais not to join fight

A protester joins a rally against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Lumpini Park on Saturday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
A protester joins a rally against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Lumpini Park on Saturday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The embassy of Russia in Bangkok has warned Thai citizens against volunteering to fight alongside Ukrainians.

The embassy posted a statement on its Facebook account on Saturday that the Russian Defence Ministry strongly advises against such participation in foreign military campaigns.

Last week, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky published on the office's website an appeal to foreign citizens to help the country fight against Russia's invasion which some liken to a war.

The embassy of Russia says that under international humanitarian law such mercenaries do not qualify as combatants and cannot be granted prisoner-of-war status.

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