Despite the communist Castro dictatorship’s denials that they are involved in sending Cubans to fight for Russia, the truth eventually comes out. No amount of complicit media willing to disseminate Cuban propaganda can cover up the fact that the Castro regime is actively recruiting and shipping Cuban soldiers to fight for Russia in Ukraine.
High-ranking Cuban officer tied to the recruitment of mercenaries to fight in Ukraine is identified
Colonel Mónica Milián Gómez, military, a navy and air force attaché at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow and spokesperson for the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) in Russia, has been identified as the senior Cuban official behind the recruitment of Cuban mercenaries for the war in Ukraine.
The website represorescubanos.com reveals that Milián Gómez “is the spokesperson in Russia for the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), Army Corps General Álvaro López Miera, and the intermediary for the strengthening of military ties between Havana and Moscow. Their identities were revealed by Russian officials since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, and sealed with López Miera’s visit to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in June 2023.”
The report specifies that “the first sign of closer cooperation between the armed forces of both countries is the confirmed presence of at least 200 Cubans with military training involved in the war against Ukraine.”
The note adds that the regime “washed its hands” regarding the presence of Cubans in the war, reducing it to a “human trafficking scheme.”
“According to Ukrainian intelligence sources, the recruitment network was coordinated by the Russian government with the Cuban army colonel and military attaché at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow, Mónica Milián Gómez,” the website says.
Represores.com is part of a project sponsored by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC).
Its aims include identifying, investigating, and collecting information about Cuban military (MININT/MINFAR), paramilitary (Rapid Action Brigades), or administrative officials at various levels who engage in repression against citizens in Cuba, Venezuela, and other countries, including arbitrary detentions, beatings, physical or mental torture, threats, and coercion, among other abuses.
Cuban Mercenaries in Ukraine
After the initial revelations confirming the presence of Cuban mercenaries hired by the Russian Army, Havana remained silent until September 4, when the regime stated in a press release that it was working to dismantle a human trafficking network dedicated to transporting Cuban citizens to the conflict and recruiting others who were already residing in Russia. The regime arrested nearly twenty people related to the recruitment of mercenaries.
Days later, Deputy Alexey Chepa, First Vice Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma (Lower House of the Federal Assembly of Russia, or Parliament), stated in remarks quoted by the Russian press that reports of Cuban recruitment were false and that they do not recruit anyone, but Cubans can organize themselves through social networks.
However, an article published last week in the digital media outlet The Intercept revealed that Russian Army Major Anton Valentinovich Perevozchikov had in his possession 122 scanned passports of Cubans recruited at the headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces in the city of Tula.
Hackers provided the Ukrainian agency InformNapalm with evidence of the recruitment, training, and transfer to Russia of entire units of about 199 Cubans to participate in the war. It is currently unknown what decision the Russian and Cuban authorities will make regarding these citizens.
Recently, a Revolutionary Armed Forces officer who claimed to be in Russia contradicted the Cuban regime’s statements about a “human trafficking network” and stated that the 90 Cubans under his command left the island with the full knowledge of the authorities.
Meanwhile, relatives in Cuba of some of the young Cubans recruited for the war express desperation and have no information about their loved ones.