A Russian soldier was killed after escaping from a military base

On Wednesday, the Russian authorities announced the death of a soldier who left his military base, while state media described the man as an armed deserter from the fighting in Ukraine.

“Dmitry Perov, wanted on charges of unauthorized abandonment of his military unit, has been found and liquidated,” the government of the Lipetsk region in western Russia said on social media.

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“The situation is under control,” she said. There is no threat to the population. Investigations are ongoing.”

It did not say how the man was killed.

He escaped from Ukraine with the gun and the grenade

A local branch of state TV network VGTRK said the man was 31 and had fled from a “special military operation zone” – Moscow’s term for its offensive in Ukraine.

It published a search note that said he had fled Ukraine on January 13, armed with a rifle and grenades, and that he could head to his home village.

There have been several desertions among Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine in recent months.

Kommersant reported on Wednesday that eight servicemen who refused to fight in Ukraine have been charged with desertion.

Penalties of up to 10 years in prison

According to the newspaper, the soldiers left a base in eastern Ukraine at the end of December and were able to return to Russia by taxi.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine in September, he also tightened laws on desertion, imposing penalties of up to 10 years in prison for desertion or refusal to fight.

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Thousands of Russians fled the country after the mobilization was announced to avoid being drafted.

Putin sent troops in February last year.

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