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    Ukraine's Ultra-Nationalist Battalion in Talks to Form Regular Army Unit

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    Ukraine's neo-Nazi Right Sector group may join the Ukrainian armed forces and continue taking part in the special operation in the Donbass region, the Ukrainian Defense Minister announced.

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and the leadership of the Right Sector are holding talks on the ultra-nationalist volunteer battalion joining the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said.

    Ukrainian authorities plan to incorporate the Right Sector volunteer battalions into the country's military forces, which are currently engaged in the special operation in eastern Ukraine.

    However, the Right Sector refused to join the National Guard of Ukraine, which is subordinated to the Interior Ministry; at the same time, the Right Sector leadership demands that the ultra-nationalist battalions should be incorporated into the Defense Ministry's forces only as a separate combat unit.

    Stepan Poltorak told journalists Thursday that "there is a clear scheme of interaction" between the Defense Ministry and the Right Sector commanders and the information about the conflict is "absolutely cooked-up." According to Poltorak the Right Sector is currently mulling what military detachment it will join.

    It should be noted, however, that yesterday the Right Sector representatives organized a rally near the administrative building of President Poroshenko in Kiev, protesting attempts to disarm volunteer units located in the Dnepropetrovsk region.

    Ultra-nationalists called the Wednesday action a "precautionary" one, claiming that the next rally will end "not until the administrative building is burnt to ashes."

    The Right Sector was established as a coalition of ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi organizations of Ukraine during the Euromaidan protests of 2013-2014 in Kiev. The organization is banned in Russia: it was recognized as an extremist organization in November 2014 by the Supreme Court of Russia. The group's leader Dmytro Yarosh was put on Interpol's wanted list in accordance with Russia's request.

     

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    ultranationalists, Neo-nazis, military forces, Armed Forces of Ukraine, Right Sector, Dmytro Yarosh, Petro Poroshenko, Stepan Poltorak, Kiev, Ukraine
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