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Why are Indian and Nepali men ending up on the frontline in Ukraine? – podcast | News

Why are Indian and Nepali men ending up on the frontline in Ukraine? – podcast | News

Hemul Mangakia grew up in Surat, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. At 23 he was looking for opportunities and a way to make his mark on the world. So when he came across a video on YouTube posted by a recruitment agent in St Petersburg, Russia, he was intrigued. The man on the video said there were openings for security guards in the historic city. The pay was up to £2,000 per month. The chance was too good to miss. As Hannah Ellis-Petersen, the Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, tells Michael Safi, this is a scene that has played out hundreds, maybe thousands of times in recent months. The young men, mainly from India and Nepal, fly to Russia on the promise of lucrative work and are then pressured into signing a different kind of contract: one that enlists them in the Russian military and pushes them to the frontline of the war in Ukraine, where many are now dying. Hemul Mangakia’s body was returned to India last week. Photograph: Handout Support The …

Nepali mercenaries lured to fight for Russia in Ukraine

Nepali mercenaries lured to fight for Russia in Ukraine

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails As family and friends look on in silence, Buddi Naryan Aryal and his nephew Raju wrap and bind leaves of Kush grass – which is sacred to Hindus – into an effigy for the funeral for Hari Aryal. Hari, 23, a former Nepalese army soldier who was born in Waling, a village in the Himalayan foothills in western Nepal, died thousands of miles from home, killed on 5 December 2023 on the front lines of Russia’s war in Ukraine. “He resigned from the Nepal army hoping to land a job with the German or Dubai police […] In the end, he found a job in the Russian army through human traffickers,” his uncle, Buddi Naryan, tells EPA Images. His family heard from the Nepal foreign ministry on 2 January that Hari had died in an ambush in December, less than two months after enlisting. Raju Aryal shows a …

‘He had no idea he was being sent to a war zone’: the Indian and Nepali men on frontlines in Ukraine | India

‘He had no idea he was being sent to a war zone’: the Indian and Nepali men on frontlines in Ukraine | India

When Hemil Mangukiya left his small village in the Indian state of Gujarat last December, he told his family he was off to Russia to make a better living than was possible at home in India. Lured by a recruitment video he had seen on YouTube, the 23-year-old had thought he was going for a secure security job far from the war in Ukraine. But in strained phone calls home from Russia, he told his family he was instead sent to a month-long military training camp and then taken to the frontlines, where he was made to dig trenches, carry ammunition and operate rifles and machine guns. Then, in late February, his calls abruptly stopped. The call that came days later shattered his father’s heart: Mangukiya had died in a missile strike somewhere in Ukraine. “I think he hid from us the danger he was in,” said Ashwin Mangukiya, 52. “Our entire family is devastated by this. We are still trying to get back his dead body.” Mangukiya’s death has shed light on the fate …