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Foreign Mercenaries in Ukraine: Sri Lankans and Indians Among Fighters

South Asian representation extends beyond Sri Lanka and India, with Nepal contributing 20 mercenaries and Pakistan sending six individuals into the battle zone.

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Recent statistics released by Russian authorities shed light on the involvement of foreign mercenaries in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, revealing a significant presence from South Asian countries alongside others globally.

According to reports, 12 Sri Lankan nationals and 15 Indians are actively participating in the conflict on the side of Ukrainian forces against Russia. Tragically, three Sri Lankans have already lost their lives in action.

This disclosure comes amidst broader figures provided by the Russian Ministry of Defence, which has been meticulously tracking and documenting the influx of foreign fighters into Ukraine since the conflict escalated on February 24, 2022. The total count of foreign mercenaries entering Ukraine stands at 13,387, with confirmed casualties amounting to 5,962.

Among the nations with notable contributions, Poland emerges as a significant participant, with 2,960 arrivals and 1,497 confirmed eliminations. Similarly, Georgia has seen 1,042 arrivals, resulting in 561 casualties. The United States, with 1,113 fighters deployed, has faced 491 fatalities.

South Asian representation extends beyond Sri Lanka and India, with Nepal contributing 20 mercenaries and Pakistan sending six individuals into the battle zone.

Interestingly, France, despite its official denial of involvement, has suffered significant losses, with 147 casualties out of 356 arrivals. Meanwhile, the UK, Romania, Germany, and Canada have also witnessed both arrivals and casualties, highlighting the multinational nature of the conflict.

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