The movement of wives and relatives of Ukrainian soldiers demanding that their relatives be brought back from the front or attempting to block them from being sent to the Donbass seems to be spreading to more regions across the country.
Further to the reports we already published of mutinies in Volhynia, Rivne and Poltava, there are now reports of protests of relatives of soldiers spreading, from Lviv in the West to Dnipropetrovsk in the South.
Today, there were road blockades in the Lviv region, where relatives of soldiers cut down tries and used them to block the highway.
In Yavoriv, Lviv region, about 50 relatives picketed the training grounds of the 24th Mechanised Brigade, demanding that soldiers should not be sent to the front, explaining, amongst other reasons, that they had only received 3 days training.
Meanwhile, in Dnipropetrovsk, there was a picket of soldiers’ relatives demanding they should be brought back from the front where they had already been for three weeks. The protest took place after the Minister of Defence Mikail Koval had declared that rotation of troops in the “anti terrorist operation” was not possible as there were not enough troops.
In Kharkov, there was another picket of soldiers’ relatives who demanded the soldiers should be brought back from the Luhansk and complete their military service in their home region of Kharkov. They also complained about the lack of sufficient body armour for all of them.
There have been widespread complaints bout lack of body armour, lack of food and lack of payment, despite repeated promises by the government of bonuses.