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Ukrainian Storm Troopers Raid Ukrainian Defense Ministry

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Aidar soldier pose for picture showing the islamic sign of faith - Sputnik International
50 storm troopers from the allegedly disbanded Aidar volunteer battalion tried to raid the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and broke open the door to the ministry's office.

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KIEV, January 30 (Sputnik) – Protesting storm troops from the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Friday broke down a door leading into the country’s Defense Ministry offices, a RIA Novosti correspondent has reported from the scene.

Some 50 storm troopers from the Aidar 24th battalion were seen rushing to the building and around 10 of them broke down the entrance door to the Ministry of Defense in Kiev. The ministry’s security prevented the troopers from entering the building.

The attack follows quotes in the media by a person claiming to be the battalion’s press secretary, a Yulia Yevdokymova, announcing that Aidar would be disbanded. Aidar’s press service, however, denied the information and said that Yevdokymova was not the batallion’s press secretary.

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Earlier in the day, the head of the Chief Directorate of Defense and Mobilization Planning Lt. Gen. Volodymyr Askarov announced that Aidar would be reformatted because of a bureaucratic error; a stamp of the military unit where the battalion belongs had been lost.

Aidar Battalion is one of volunteer military units of the Armed Forces of Ukriane, established by Kiev in 2014 to fight independence supporters in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donetsk and Luhansk. The battalion was accused by Amnesty International and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of human rights abuses during the war in eastern Ukraine.

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