“We’re not going to be in the business of training ad hoc militias,” he explained. “We will only be training units of the Ukrainian National Guard and army recognized by the government of Ukraine.
Some former Canadian diplomats, however, have suggested the government’s position on Ukraine is aimed at winning votes from Ukrainian-Canadians in the upcoming federal election.
“These militias are being merged with Ukraine’s military so we won’t be able to determine who we are training,” said James Bissett, Canada’s former ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania. “These are unsavory groups that Canadian soldiers should not be associated with.”
Russia’s Supreme Court ruled to ban the activities of five Ukrainian radical organizations on Russia’s territory, according to a Ministry of Justice published on Friday. Among them are Right Sector, UNA-UNSO, Bratstvo, as well as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the Stepan Bandera union Tryzub.
In July last year the International Criminal Police Organization put Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh on its wanted list.
Right Sector was formed as a coalition of nationalist and neo-Nazi organizations during the Maidan protests in Kiev at the end of 2013.