The Cuban foreign ministry has discovered a human trafficking ring that recruited Cubans to support Russia in the Ukraine war. While Cuba has long-standing ties with Russia, the country emphasized its non-participation in the Ukraine conflict. The exact entity behind this operation remains unidentified. Russian involvement with Cubans in the war was hinted at by the Ryazan Gazette, a Russian newspaper.
- The human trafficking operation aimed to enlist Cubans residing in Russia and some in Cuba itself to join the military forces engaged in the war in Ukraine.
- Although Cuba has historically been an ally of Russia, its official stance is non-involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
- The Ryazan Gazette reported that Cubans in Russia had been offered Russian citizenship in exchange for joining combat forces in Ukraine.
- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez stated that Cuba would take legal action against attempts to recruit its citizens for warfare.
- Recent developments in Cuban-Russian relations highlight strengthening trade ties, with high-level meetings between defense and foreign ministers of both countries.