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On Wednesday, July 16, relatives of the soldiers and officers who are taking part in the army’s operation in eastern Ukraine also held a picket in front of the presidential administration office. More than 200 mothers and wives are demanding that the units fighting in Donbass be rotated and their sons and husbands be returned home.“Only rank-and-file citizens are fighting on the frontline” while high-ranking officials keep their children away from combat, the protesters said. They were also angered by the conditions in which the troops were living, including the absence of drinking water.
Yesterday’s meeting with a deputy defense minister did not satisfy them and they are now demanding a meeting with the president.