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Ukraine’s Right Sector Ready to Be Transformed Into Army Assault Unit

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On March 31, Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh announced that the organization and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry had agreed on the terms of cooperation. According to him, the movement will be part of the armed forces and will comprise of combat as well as reserve units.

Ukrainian far-right Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) Dmytro Yarosh (C) poses for a picture during the opening of new parliamentary session in Kiev on November 27, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement Right Sector, which is blacklisted by Russian authorities as extremist, said the organization is ready to be transformed into an assault brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"It’s just a discussion so far, but we have an idea of forming a professional assault brigade which will complete various specific tasks," Yarosh said.

The Right Sector contains enough volunteers to establish a unit which would comprise of four assault battalions and one reconnaissance and sabotage battalion, he added.

Yarosh underscored that command of the Ukrainian volunteer corps together with the General Staff decided to retain Right Sector forces in Donbass. The movement will hold positions near the Donetsk airport, the Artyomovsk direction, and positions near Volnovakha and Shirokino, according to him.

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On March 31, Yarosh announced that the Right Sector and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry had agreed on the terms of cooperation. According to him, the movement will be part of the armed forces in a similar way to the Estonian Defense League and will comprise of combat as well as reserve units.

On March 26, Anton Geraschenko, advisor to Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs, said President Petro Poroshenko offered Yarosh an office in the Defense Ministry.

"I would be pleased to establish together with Dmytro Yarosh the Ukrainian Defense League, by the example of Estonian, Finnish and Swiss systems," Geraschenko said.

Earlier on that day Right Sector press secretary Artyom Skoropadsky clarified the terms on which Right Sector’s combat division – the Ukrainian volunteer corps – could join the armed forces. According to him, the Right Sector would become part of the Ukrainian army only as an autonomous unit, coming under command of Yarosh and corps commander Andrei Stempitsky, refusing to join the National Guard of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

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