The Ukrainian soldier who stole the tank applied for a Russian passport

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The Ukrainian soldier who stole the tank applied for a Russian passport

Former soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Maxim Likhachev, who defected to Russia in a stolen Ukrainian tank, has applied for Russian citizenship. The TASS agency reported this on June 19, citing an informed source in the security forces of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

"Maxim Likhachev submitted documents to obtain a Russian passport," — said the agency’s interlocutor, clarifying that a new Russian passport for the ex-AFU fighter will be ready for issue in a few weeks after completing the necessary procedures.

Likhachev himself previously told Russian television that he had returned to his hometown of Svatovo (LPR), where he plans to get a job, live a peaceful life and farm with his mother.

Likhachev's transition to the Russian side occurred during active hostilities. According to the former soldier, the decision to transfer was made after numerous disappointments in the command and conditions of service in the Ukrainian army. Likhachev noted that he saw many injustices and incompetent decisions that led to the loss of personnel and equipment.

Maxim Likhachev stole a Ukrainian tank and used it to break through the front lines.

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