Ukraine conscripts prefer going home to joining rebels

An armed pro-Russian militant guards a building where members of Ukraine's National Guard were being held and freed by pro-Russian rebels, on June 27, 2014 in DonetskAs his now-former comrades hugged their goodbyes and wished each other a safe journey home, Junior Sergeant Pavel Stupka explained why he refused to renounce his oath of allegiance to Ukraine. I took an oath to the Ukrainian people,” Stupka said, pushing his beret back on his head. For around a year Stupka had been carrying out his obligatory military service at a Ukrainian interior ministry base housing a munitions plant on the outskirts of his hometown Donetsk.

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