May 22, 2024

Kenya responds to Russia over claims of soldiers fighting in Ukraine

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Kenya responds to Russia over claims of soldiers fighting in Ukraine

Foreign Affairs PS, Korir Sing'oei dismisses the claim of Kenyan soldiers fighting against Russia in Ukraine

Foreign Affairs PS, Korir Sing’oei dismisses the claim of Kenyan soldiers fighting against Russia in Ukraine.

The Russian Ministry of Defense’s claims that five Kenyans were battling its forces in Ukraine have been refuted by Foreign Affairs Principal Korir Sing’oei.

In a statement on Friday, March 15, the PS noted that Kenya is guided by the foreign policy of non-interference in the affairs of other states.

Sing’oei also made note of Kenya’s support for amicable conflict resolution between warring states.

“As a signatory to the 1989 United Nations Convention on International Convention against Recruitment, Use, Financing, and Training of Mercenaries and the 1977 OAU Convention for the Elimination of Mercenaries in Africa, Kenya rejects the allegations and dissociates herself from any alleged mercenary presence and activities in Ukraine,” the statement read in part.

“Kenya’s interaction with other State Actors of International Relations continues to be guided by her Foreign Policy of non-interference in affairs of other states, non-alignment as well as peaceful settlement of disputes.”

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The Federation alleged that 13,387 foreign soldiers had relocated to Ukraine since February 2024 to aid in the fight against Russia. 

Out of this, 249 allegedly emanated from 13 African countries out of which 103 were eliminated.

It was, however, not revealed by the Federation if the five Kenyans were among those killed in the war.

According to the Federation, Kenya is the only East African Country that had the presence of soldiers in the conflict that has been ongoing for several years.

Nigeria recorded the highest number of soldiers with 97, with Russia claiming 47 had been killed. 

Algeria was second on the list with 60 soldiers, out of which 28 were reportedly killed.

14 South African soldiers were allegedly killed from a group of 35 while Guinea and Senegal reportedly recorded four fatalities each.

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