Lemekhani Nathan Nyirenda was finding out in Moscow however imprisoned in April 2020 and despatched to struggle in Ukraine this yr.
A Zambian pupil who was imprisoned in Russia has been killed in Ukraine whereas combating on the Russian aspect, an official from the southern African nation mentioned.
Lemekhani Nathan Nyirenda, 23, was finding out nuclear engineering on the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI), in accordance with an announcement on Monday by Zambia’s Minister of Overseas Affairs Stanley Kakubo.
“The ministry of international affairs and worldwide cooperation is deeply saddened by the premature loss of life of Mr. Nyirenda beneath such circumstances and commiserates with the household on their loss,” it mentioned.
Kakubo known as on the Russian authorities to offer additional particulars relating to the recruitment of Nyirenda and the way he ended up combating in Ukraine.
Based on Kakubo, Nyirenda was convicted and sentenced to 9 years at Tyer medium safety facility on the outskirts of the Russian capital in April 2020.
It stays unclear what costs Nyirenda was convicted of.
The international affairs ministry mentioned it obtained phrase of Nyirenda’s loss of life on November 9, and that after speaking with the Zambian embassy in Moscow, confirmed that the coed had been killed on September 22.
It isn’t clear the place precisely Nyirenda was on the time of his loss of life in Ukraine, however his physique has been transferred to the Russian border city of Rostov as a way to start the repatriation course of again to Zambia.
Kakubo mentioned he had personally been in contact with Nyirenda’s household in Zambia, and is hoping to offer extra particulars of their son’s loss of life as soon as official communication from the Russian authorities is obtained.
Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced a partial mobilisation in Russia, which he mentioned would apply to those that had beforehand served within the armed forces.