24 April 2014, 22:16

Ukrainian Right Sector says it will join crackdown on pro-federalization protesters

Ukrainian Right Sector says it will join crackdown on pro-federalization protesters

The ultranationalist Ukrainian Right Sector movement said Thursday members of organization will join paramilitary units currently being formed to crackdown on pro-federalization protests in eastern Ukraine.

The movement said in a statement on its website that its members will join so-called "battalions of territorial defense" and military units. Right Sector was an important force at the Euromaidan protests that began in November in Kiev. Its members were notorious for using clubs, Molotov cocktails, and firearms against Ukrainian police during the protests, and for wearing Nazi-inspired insignia.

Russia put the leader of Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, on an international wanted list and has charged him with inciting terrorism. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that National Guards units, as well as battalions of Right Sector activists have been attacking the civilians in southeastern Ukraine.

The news run contrary to the Geneva communique, adopted by Russia, the European Union, the United States and the interim Kiev government last week, under which Ukraine’s coup-appointed authorities should take decisive action in disarming radical paramilitary groups.

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