The chief of an east Siberian metropolis, who can also be a veteran airborne trooper, has volunteered to battle in Ukraine

The mayor of the Russian metropolis of Chita has introduced his resignation, stating that he intends to enroll in navy service in Ukraine as a volunteer.

“As an airborne trooper with fight expertise and a citizen, I can not avoid the momentous battle that our homeland is combating for its future,” Aleksandr Sapozhnikov wrote in a social media submit on Monday.

Sapozhnikov has served as mayor of Chita, positioned round 350km southeast of Lake Baikal, since November 2019, when the native legislature elected him. Rumors that he was attributable to give up on Monday had been swirling within the native media since final week.

Based on the official bio of the mayor, who’s in his 40s, he served with the Russian airborne troops as a conscript between 1994 and 1996. Throughout that point he fought within the North Caucasus battle and was wounded. Later, he continued navy service as a profession officer, however resigned in 2009, citing well being points. He has held varied public posts since 2014.

Various Russian officers have volunteered to battle in Ukraine for the reason that nation launched a partial mobilization to bolster troop numbers. A former mayor of the southern metropolis of Krasnodar, State Duma MP Yevgeniy Pervyshev, signed up in late October. Like Sapozhnikov, Pervyshev served as a conscript within the Nineties, and fought in Chechnya.

Former Russian area company chief Dmitry Rogozin has turn out to be arguably probably the most outstanding public determine to hitch the navy for the reason that Ukraine battle began. The previous Roscosmos chief is now main a volunteer unit dubbed the Tsar Wolves in Donbass, offering navy and technical help to troops.

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