According to him, he left the duty area in protest against Russia's aggression against the neighbor state. The Russian soldier arrived to Ukraine in July seeking political asylum, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Ukrainian Security Servise.
The Former Russian soldier stated that his military unit was redeployed in the Rostov region near the border with Ukraine in May. The army commanders convinced soldiers every day that they are prepared to defend Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine.
There was constant unit roundout by professional military commandos from the Main Intelligence Directorate and people from the North Caucasus who illegally penetrated the East of Ukraine. The armored military vehicles with trained Russian combat crews entered the Ukrainian territory to support terrorists.
"I decided not to participate in the fratricidal war and moved to the side of Ukraine. This is my protest against the policy of the Russian leadership," Balabanov explains.
This is not the first case of the Russian servicemen defecting to the side of Ukraine. Some days before his desire to serve on the side of Ukrainian troops in the area of ATO expressed the Russian FSB officer - Ilya Bogdanov.