Havana - The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a jarring revelation in a recent statement, shedding light on a complex human trafficking ring operating both in Cuba and Russia. As per the announcement, Cuban citizens, including those living in Russia and some directly from Cuba, were coerced into joining the military forces active in the war in Ukraine.
“The Ministry of the Interior detected and is working on the neutralization and dismantling of a human trafficking network that operates from Russia to incorporate Cuban citizens...into the military forces participating in war operations in Ukraine,” the ministry outlined.
Cuba's relationship with the act of mercenarism has been traditionally and staunchly opposed. Reinforcing this stance, the ministry expressed its firm repudiation of this practice, stating, “Cuba has a firm and clear historical position against mercenarism and plays an active role in the United Nations in repudiation of this practice”.
The quote came from an unofficial translation, but the message was loud and clear.
Resolute Action Against Offenders
In the wake of these revelations, Cuba has taken a definitive stance. The ministry reiterated that the nation remains uninvolved in the Ukraine conflict and has no aspirations to participate.
The Cuban government's vigor and determination against such activities are evident, as they proclaimed, “Cuba is not part of the war in Ukraine. It is acting and will act vigorously against whoever, from the national territory, participates in any form of human trafficking for the purposes of recruitment of mercenarism so that Cuban citizens use weapons against any country”.
While the Russian government remains silent on these allegations, Cuba’s commitment to justice is unwavering. The island nation has not only uncovered these illicit operations but has also sprung into action against the perpetrators.
The statement affirmed, “Attempts of this nature have been neutralized and criminal proceedings have been initiated against people involved in these activities”. This expose serves as a powerful reminder of the clandestine operations that can lurk behind global events.
As the world grapples with the ramifications of the Ukraine conflict, stories like these underline the importance of vigilance against such insidious activities and the commitment of nations to uphold human rights and international law.
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