Following the arrest, the Spanish government said that by taking part in the Ukrainian conflict, the detainees undermined peace efforts and violated Spain’s neutral stance toward the conflict.
However, Hector Arroyo, one of the eight Spaniards arrested on Friday, said that the Spanish government lies about its neutrality in the Ukrainian conflict.
Arroyo also said that the government of Spain does not have evidence to lay charges against them and added that their group was on a humanitarian mission in Donbas anyways.
“[We] helped to unload trucks with food, handed out food and clothing to people who lost their homes,” the Spaniard said.
He believes that police have no evidence that could justify charges against those Spaniards, who were arrested Friday on suspicion of fighting in Donbas.
"We are accused of committing crimes of possessing and storing arms and explosives, and participating in commission of murder, but they have no evidence to prove it, so we are free. If they had proof, we would be in jail," Arroyo told Sputnik Mundo after he and his friends were set free.
Although free for now, Spaniards, who was arrested on Friday, are expected to appear in court. If found guilty, the defendants may face prison terms, ranging from four to 15 years.
The eight men were arrested early Friday morning in six different parts of Spain.