“Cuba has identified an alleged human trafficking ring aimed at recruiting its citizens to fight in Russia’s war in Ukraine, the foreign ministry said Monday.

The ministry said in a statement sent to CBS News that the Cuban government was working to dismantle a ‘a human trafficking network that operates from Russia in order to incorporate Cuban citizens living there and even some living in Cuba, into the military forces that participate in military operations in Ukraine,’ adding that ‘attempts of this nature have been neutralized and criminal proceedings have been initiated against those involved in these activities.'”