250 Ukrainian soldiers working with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo have returned home to help fight Russian forces, the BBC reported.
Since the Russian invasion in February, Ukraine had already pulled out its troops from the other UN peacekeeping mission where they had been deployed.
“Their 10 years of immense contribution was greatly appreciated,” said Gen Marcos da Costa, the Brazilian commander of the UN force, as the Ukrainians left DR Congo.
However, the UN mission in DR Congo, Monusco, is already under pressure in the country.
Monusco is widely criticized for failing to do enough to restore peace in the east, where numerous armed groups have operated for three decades, killing, raping and looting the region’s rich minerals resources such as gold and diamonds.