Kenya Reacts to Allegations of Ukraine Government-Initiated Mercenaries Fighting Russians 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to the Russian Ministry of Defence’s allegations that five Kenyans were fighting against its soldiers in Ukraine.

Russia alleged that five Kenyans were part of a mercenary outfit fighting its soldiers in Ukraine.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Korir Sing’oei, denied that five people had joined a mercenary outfit fighting the Russian military in Ukraine.

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Korir stressed that Kenya does not support any mercenary presence or actions in Ukraine.

“The Government of Kenya has noted with concern the allegation that 5 individuals. perceived to be Kenyans, are serving as mercenaries in Ukraine,” the statement went on to say.

Kenya denies the accusations and distances herself from any purported mercenary presence or activities in Ukraine. Kenya is a signatory to the “1989 United Nations Convention on International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries” and the “1977 OAU Convention for the Elimination of Mercenaries in Africa.”

Furthermore, Korir argued that, contrary to Russia’s portrayal, Kenya does not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.

Nonetheless, he emphasized that Kenya supports amicable dispute settlement between the two countries, which have been at war since 2023.

“Kenya’s interaction with other State Actors in International Relations continues to be guided by her Foreign Policy of non-interference in affairs of other states, non-alignment as well as peaceful settlement of disputes.”

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