Young men from across Ethiopia (Formally Abyssinia) have been gathering outside the Russian embassy in the capital city of Addis Ababa today, after rumors of Ethiopians being recruited by the Embassy spread like wildfire.
formed from the gates of the embassy for blocks, filled with
Ethiopian men in their teens and 20s holding personal documents
wishing to enlist to fight in Ukraine.
embassy spokeswoman, Maria Chernukhina, has denied that recruitment
for the Russian Foreign Legion (RFL) was taking place in Africa.
said: “Our Embassy in Addis Ababa is not a recruitment center, if
they do wish to enlist, proper channels have been supplied to those
who want to do so”.
of them were Russian sympathizers, Ethiopia has strong ties to
Moscow, beginning with the Communist regime taking power in 1974
after deposing Abyssinian emperor Haile Selassie.
is one of the 17 African nations that refuse to condemn Russia's
invasion of Ukraine, including South Africa and Eritrea.
The latter was part of Abyssinia and later Ethiopia from 1946-1993.