The conscripts in the Rostov region of Russia refused to fight in Ukraine under the contract. "The recruits in Rostov resisted the forcing to sign a contract when Lieutenant Colonel Medinskii told them at the shooting-range near Rostov: "I'll make all of you to sign the contract now. I am taking your military tickets, your ID tags, and we are sending you in Luhansk" but the guys rebelled," - executive secretary of the Union of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia Valentina Melnikova said in the interview to Russian media. According to her, there were 250 of these rioters.
"We complained that the servicemen are illegally forced to sign a contract, and we received a good response from the Defense Ministry Department of Personnel Policy Chief that the commanders of military bases are not eligible to sign any contracts. Therefore, all 250 soldiers have not signed the contracts," Melnikova said. According to the SBU, there are 7.5 thousand Russian military on the territories controlled by the terrorists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU Kostiantyn Yelisieiev addressed to the EU Member States with a warning that Russia is preparing a new military operation in Ukraine.
He urged the EU to carry out diplomatic pressure of the Kremlin in order to be able to return to the talks in the Geneva format. Also, Ukraine's ambassador urged the EU Member States to introduce a 'new wave' of preventive sanctions such as "blacklists" of the Russian officials, as well as 'increase the economic price' for Russia for its actions.