Cuban Authorities Expose Human Trafficking Network Linked To The Russia-Ukraine Conflict
Cuban authorities expose human trafficking network linked to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It made the announcement, declaring that it discovered a human trafficking network aimed at recruiting Cuban individuals to participate in the conflict in Ukraine on behalf of Russia.
The ministry revealed that both Cubans residing in Russia and some individuals within Cuba had been "incorporated into the military forces taking part in the war in Ukraine." Despite being a staunch ally of Russia, Cuba emphasized in its statement that it is not directly involved in the Ukraine conflict.
As of now, there has been no official response from Russia regarding these allegations. The Cuban foreign ministry did not disclose the identity of the individuals or groups responsible for orchestrating this operation.
In August of the previous year, President Vladimir Putin had ordered an increase in the number of Russian military personnel due to substantial losses suffered by Russian combat forces in Ukraine. A Russian publication, the Ryazan Gazette, subsequently reported that Cubans residing in Russia had joined Russian combat forces in Ukraine with the promise of obtaining Russian citizenship in return.
In addition, there have been videos circulating that purportedly depict Serbian volunteers undergoing training to join Russian forces in Ukraine. While it remains uncertain whether the Cuban foreign ministry's announcement is connected to the reports in the Ryazan Gazette, the statement emphasizes that "Cuba has a firm and clear historical position against the use of mercenaries."
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"We will act decisively against those who... engage in human trafficking with the aim of recruiting Cuban citizens to bear arms in any country," the statement reads.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez issued this statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, affirming that Cuba is employing "the force of the law" to thwart efforts to recruit its citizens.
This statement represents a noteworthy departure from the recent harmonious Cuban-Russian relations, characterized by deepening trade connections. Just a little over two months ago, the defense ministers of Cuba and Russia engaged in discussions in Moscow, and in April, the Russian foreign minister embarked on a tour of Russia's Latin American allies, which included a visit to the Communist-led island of Cuba.
Cuba's alliance with Russia traces its roots back to the Cuban Revolution of 1959, during which Fidel Castro assumed power. Castro, whom the United States attempted to overthrow unsuccessfully on numerous occasions, aligned with Russia during the Cold War era. In return, Moscow extended economic, political, and military support to the Cuban government.
One of the Cold War's most perilous standoffs between the United States and the Soviet Union was sparked by a secret agreement in 1962, allowing the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter potential U.S. invasions of the island.
Although the Cuban missile crisis ultimately concluded without military conflict when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. President John F. Kennedy reached a diplomatic resolution, Cuba's relationship with the United States has endured a persistent strain, primarily attributed to the long-standing sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Cuba.