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Short on troops, Ukraine is freeing criminals to fight

KYIV - To fill a critical shortage of infantry on the front line, Ukraine has embraced one of Russia's most cynical tactics: releasing convicted - even violent - felons who agree to fight in high-risk assault brigades.

More than 2,750 men have been released from Ukrainian prisons since the parliament adopted a law in May authorizing certain convicts to enlist, including those jailed for dealing drugs, stealing phones and committing armed assaults and murders, among other serious crimes.

Now - seeking revenge against Russia, or in pursuit of personal redemption and freedom - they are trading their prison jumpsuits for Ukrainian army uniforms and deploying to the front lines.


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