PM Dahal pledges safe return of Nepali soldiers from Russia

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has vowed to ensure the safe repatriation of Nepali citizens serving in the Russian army. This assurance comes in response to mounting concerns raised by the families and relatives of those recruited in Russia.

The families, accompanied by activist Kritu Bhandari, converged at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday to present their grievances directly to PM Dahal. A memorandum outlining 13 crucial demands was submitted, emphasizing the safe retrieval of Nepali nationals enlisted in the Russian military, proper medical care for those injured in conflict zones, and their repatriation with appropriate compensation. Additionally, the memorandum stressed the urgent need for the safe return of five prisoners of war currently held in Ukraine.

Prior to this development, activist Kritu Bhandari and two others had embarked on a 17-day hunger strike to draw attention to the plight of Nepali citizens serving in the Russian army. The hunger strike, along with various ongoing protests in the capital, underscores the growing pressure on the government to address the concerns of these families and ensure the safe return of their loved ones.